Serving the Community

Publicly Engaged Church

The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Commuity is a publicly engaged church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. We do God’s work in the world,  the work of restoring and reconciling communities. We pursue justice and seek peace no matter how long the journey or wide the chasm. Because we are grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are well equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities.

There is no aspect of life in which God is not active, no place where God is not present. And this is exactly where we are called to participate in God’s work, in the thick of life, embracing individuals, families and communities that are hungry for hope and healing, justice and peace, advocates and partners.

Our faith and our call to boldly serve and love our neighbor take us into some interesting and challenging aspects of life: advocacy, corporate social responsibility, racial justice, science and ethics, peacemaking, justice for women, social issues, and community organizing. We are drawn into every corner of life, society and its institutions to bring the good news of Jesus Christ and to work for lasting, positive change that upholds human dignity. You have a place in the ELCA and an important role in God’s work in the world — find ways here to get connected to a community of faith and the work of our publicly engaged church.

Volunteers of America

The ZELC Community works directly with the Volunteers of America Utah in support of the Homeless Youth Resource Center  which delivers a continuum of services to homeless street youth through three components.

Street Outreach Program 
Drop-In Center
Transition Home 

How ZELC Serves Volunteers of America





Reconciling Works

ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations.

The ZELC Congregation are Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia—and all the other artificial distinctions that seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another—conspire together to diminish our world and church.

We are a Reconciling in Christ Congregation!  All people are welcome here!
How ZELC Serves Reconciling Works and the LGBT Community

LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah


The LGBTQ Therapists Guild website offers support and resources for Utah Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Same-Sex attracted individuals and their allies. The Guild provides networking opportunities, CEU credit classes, outreach, maintains a calendar of events, and provides an online directory of LGBTQ friendly therapists for the general public. 



Crossroads Urban Center

Crossroads Urban Center helps low-income people in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah.  They operate one of the busiest emergency food pantries in the state, and a free/low-cost thrift store.  Beyond direct service, they also address the root causes of poverty through community organizing and advocacy. Crossroads has various programs to help low-income people:

Luisa E. Lema Emergency Food Pantry
Thrift Store
Anti-Hunger Action Committee
Coalition of Religious Communities
Community Housing Advocacy Project
Utah Poverty Partnership
Sarah House Utah
How ZELC Serves Crossroads Urban Center
  • Clothing, Food & Appliance Donations accepted at ZELC - Blue Recepticle under the stairs.  See News for specific needs of the month.
  • We participate in the Coalition of Religious Communities (CORC) to fight for social justice and to eliminate poverty.