On May 31 George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was arrested after a convenience store employee called 911 and told the police that Mr. Floyd had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.  Seventeen minutes later he was dead.  Police camera showed that a police officer had kept his knee on his neck for more […]

    Last week on Wednesday, April 4, people of faith from around the country gathered at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Organized by the National Council of the Churches of Christ, the rally,  called “A.C.T. (Awaken, Confront, Transform) to End […]

Although the ELCA and its predecessor bodies have always held racial justice as an important value and issue for members to be aware and committed to, events of the last few years have made us even more aware of the work we still have to do. Finally, seeing white supremacists in Nazi uniforms marching down […]

In 1987 the constituting convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted the goal “that within 10 years of its establishment its membership shall include at least 10% t people of color and/or primarily language other than English.”   Despite the good intentions, we have not made any progress toward that goal.  According to […]

Last Saturday, October 20, over 200 Lutherans from various backgrounds came together in Chicago to worship, tell stories, sing, lament and celebrate.  The Conference was called “Decolonize Lutheranism” and it was a day to push past cultural baggage and stereotypes to lift up what it is to be a follower of Christ who belongs to […]

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, at its constituting convention in 1987, adopted the following goal: “It shall be a goal of this church that within 10 years of its establishment the membership shall include at least 10 percent people of color and/or primary language other than English” (ELCA continuing resolutions 5.01.A87).   In 2015, […]