One Voice Against Racism and White Supremacy

ZOOM Discussion – Wednesday, July 1 at 7 pm – Our discussion about racial justice and white supremacy continues with Ashley Greer leading us through conversation about what is meant when people talk about reforming / defunding / abolishing the police. Meeting ID: 971 4983 5858

“As persons called to love one another as God has loved us, we therefore proclaim our commitment to speak with one voice against racism and white supremacy. We stand with those who are targets of racist ideologies and actions.” As church, together we must work to condemn white supremacy in all forms and recommit ourselves to confront and exorcize the sins of injustice, racism and white supremacy in church and society and within ourselves as individuals and households.

A letter from CU ELCA congregations to Bethel AME Church, Champaign

The ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine on June 17, 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the evening nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. We join in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these nine martyrs and renounce the sins of racism and white supremacy.

More resources from the ELCA on the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine

An Open Letter to My Fellow White Christians – Margaret Renkl, June 8, 2020 “Our sins are grievous, but we are not yet beyond redemption…” from the New York Times Opinion section.

More Resources on Racism and Religion

ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy

12 Faith Practices for Racial Justice – Judith Roberts, ELCA Program Director for Racial Justice, Boldcafe, June 2020

A Pastoral Letter – June 5, 2020 “I am in no way an expert on race in America. All I can offer are a couple honest stories and some stuff that I have found helpful…” from ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s newsletter, The Corners.

In the Spirit of Pentecost, stoke the flames of justice – Jessie Bazan, May 29, 2020 Portions of this article were included in our Pentecost worship service.

Dear Church: A Love Letter From a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. – Lenny Duncan

Formerly incarcerated and homeless, Lenny Duncan, now an ELCA pastor, offers a bold new vision for the future of his denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of ‘church decline’ and calls everyone—leaders and laity alike—to the front lines of the church’s renewal through racial equality and justice.  

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown

A powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. I’m Still Here looks at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness–if we let it–can save us all.

America’s Original Sin – Jim Wallis

“It’s time we right this unacceptable wrong,” says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. In America’s Original Sin, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians–particularly white Christians–urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.

Equal Justice Initiative – EJI challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities.