Racial Justice Ministries

We believe that Christ’s church is for all people. God calls each of us by name, and it is not our job to sort, divide,  categorize or exclude. But as “saints and sinners,” we know and experience God’s work of healing and restoring as well as the persistent human pain and injustices of racism in the world. This is where God has put us, in the thick of life, where we participate in what God is doing by insisting on justice and upholding human dignity for the inclusion of all people in the life of the church and society.

We are called to be a church that embraces each person and confronts racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, age, gender, familial, sexual orientation, physical, personal, and class barriers that often manifest themselves in unjust treatment, inequalities, exclusion, and violence.

 

The ELCA Social Statement, "Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture," offers theological reflection on the church’s commitment to undo racism and move toward reconciliation, healing, and embracing all people.

 

When we confront racism and move toward fairness and justice in the church and society, we all benefit. We begin to understand that each of us has a unique story, and we are all part of a larger, rich story that makes up the ELCA.

View racial justice resources that offer a theological reflection on the church’s commitment to undo racism and move toward reconciliation, healing and embracing all people at https://elca.org/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/Racial-Justice-Ministries

Change the Range- Black Lives Matter Rally in Virginia, MN on June 7th, 2020