Learning Opportunities

Whether Good Shepherd member or not, you’re welcome and invited to participate in any and all GSLC learning opportunities.

Check the GSLC calendar for upcoming events and schedule specifics.

Book Club

The GSLC Book Club meets monthly in the main floor lounge across from the worship space. Books typically alternate between fiction and non-fiction and participants take turns selecting the next title to read.

Typical schedule: 4th Tuesday monthly, 3 - 4:30 PM

A sample of books read have included:

  • Last Bus to Wisdom
  • The Lager Queen of Minnesota
  • A Man Called Ove
  • Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
  • Catherine the Great
  • Death at La Fenice
  • Dreams from My Father
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  • Hum if You Don't Know the Words
  • The Case for Books
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • The Red Tent

Contact: Karen Madigan

Circle 3 Women's Group/Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

Typical schedule: Second Thursday of the month, September through June

Join our monthly gathering via Zoom

Meeting ID: 849 6153 4497

Passcode: 715215

Or join by phone: 301-715-8592

Circle 3 meets monthly for Bible study and fellowship, decorates the Christmas tree in the sanctuary in December and participates in other Women of the ELCA activities.

The Metro DC Synodical Women of the ELCA holds an annual spring convention, each with a focus on societal issues and solutions. Topics have included mental health and human trafficking.

During the annual Thankoffering worship service in November, GSLC Circle 3 participants offer the funds they’ve collected through the year and encourage attendees to contribute as well. The donations are sent to the national Women of the ELCA to help fund outreach programs.

Circle 3 contact: Beth Hickey

Women of the ELCA contact: Sue Cottrol

Conversations with Friends

Typically held monthly, this gathering to talk about various aspects of Islam and Christianity grew out of our first community food packing event hosted with Ezher Bloom Mosque. It’s an opportunity to get to know each other—not to convert but to learn. We alternate locations close to GSLC and the mosque. Topics have included:

  • How we celebrate Christian and Muslim holidays
  • Paradise/heaven from Muslim and Christian perspectives
  • Angels in Christianity and Islam
  • What it means to be a prophet in Islam and Christianity
  • Who is Jesus in the Q'uran and the Bible?
  • The Bible and the Q'uran - what's in these sacred scriptures and how we read, study and use them
  • Muslim/Christian denominations - how Sunni/Shi'a/Baptists/Methodists, etc. came to be

Whether you’re affiliated with Good Shepherd, Ezher Bloom or neither, you’re welcome and invited to participate.

Typical schedule: Approximately monthly

Good Shepherd point of contact: Pastor Kate


We host a wide-variety of discussions on various spiritual, educational and social justice topics, striving to listen to understand and learn over persuade. The formats vary from small-group to speakers to panel discussions.

Typical schedule: Varies


We host occasional day-long, overnight or weekend retreats on various spiritual and educational topics. The council leadership retreat is held each January and an annual retreat for confirmation youth is typically held in the fall. Other retreats for adults, couples and families are also held occasionally.

Typical schedule: Varies

Contact: Pastor Kate