The Luther Institute advances the role of faith and ethics in public life through learning, service and leadership. Based in the nation’s capital, the Luther Institute offers seminars, conferences, and publications for laity and clergy. An inter-Lutheran organization, it recognizes and serves leaders, scholars, educators, and those in social ministries, both within and outside of the Lutheran community.
The Luther Institute is called to be a catalyst in and from the nation’s capitol to enhance learning and to recognize servant leadership. The Institute focuses on issues of faith and public policy as they meet on the "public square." The Institute is a non-partisan, educational organization, edifying various constituencies on issues of national and global importance. It does not advocate any particular position or candidate. The Luther Institute approaches its mission from a Lutheran perspective and invites both Lutherans and non-Lutherans to participate in its events. The Institute consciously facilitates discussion and shared insights among laity and clergy from all Lutheran Church bodies, other Christians and with people from other faiths.
The Luther Institute’s mission focuses upon:
- Faith - advancing the role and impact of faith in public life;
- Learning - providing symposia, public affairs seminars, a Lutheran StudyCenter, and distance learning activities; and
- Service - recognizing and encouraging servant leadership to church andsociety.
The Luther Institute is:
- an inter-Lutheran agency - participating with members of the two largest Lutheran church bodies in North America, as well as with Lutherans from abroad and fostering conversations among them;
- a partnering agency - working with Lutheran and ecumenical organizations, and institutions of higher education in Washington, DC, across the United States, and internationally;
- strategically placed - serving as a Lutheran voice in Washington, DC, with purposes distinct from official church bodies, and providing service regionally and nationally.
Serving from a Lutheran perspective implies that one:
- encourages learning, scholarship, and reflection over the interfaces of faith and public life; recognizes and celebrates distinguished service and leadership by Lutherans from around the world;
- enhances the mission and character of Lutheran educational institutions and social ministry organizations in cooperation with their boards and staffs; and
- supports individuals as they reflect and discuss the meaning of their unique vocations of service and faith.