ECLC RACIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT

Racial injustice continues to thrive in our country and communities. Our Christian response is to walk in solidarity with people of color, because standing silent sanctions continued violence. We recognize that those who are white are intertwined in a network of unearned privilege. We, as a congregation, are compelled to advocate for racial justice. We invite other congregations to join together in expressing their commitments to live out our shared faith—active in love—in the struggle for equity and justice.
Approved at ECLC’s Annual Meeting on February 5, 2017, during which the congregation made a commitment toward racial justice.


RACIAL JUSTICE JOURNEY

In February of 2021 over 250 ECLC members participated in a shared Racial Justice Journey. The first stage of the journey was led by Joanne K. Reeck, founder and lead trainer of United for Changing Consulting, LLC. With over 15 years of experience as a diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitator, Ms. Reeck is not only a sought-after DEI consultant, but also the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. See below to learn about the goals of our journey together as a beloved community.  Click here to view specifics about this training.


RESOURCES

WHETHER YOU’RE JUST STARTING YOUR JOURNEY INTO RACIAL JUSTICE WORK OR HAVE BEEN A RACIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR FOR YEARS, CLICK ON THIS LINKS BELOW FOR RESOURCES THAT PROVIDE A CURRENT FRAMEWORK FOR DOING THIS WORK. 

LINK: RECOMMENDED BOOKS, VIDEOS, & PODCASTS

LINK: RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN


CASH BAIL

The ECLC Cash Bail Team works to reform the cash bail system in Minnesota 
with the goal of systemic equity

Click here to explore the team’s plans, learn more about ECLC’s mission partner, 
Minnesota Freedom Fund (mnfreedomfund.org), and see where you can help

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF RESOURCES ABOUT PRETRIAL DETENTION & CASH BAIL

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Cash Bail Zoom series begins on March 31st

Join us for a three-part series where we explore the injustices of the pretrial detention and cash bail systems. We’ll hear from members of our Cash Bail Reform team, our mission partner the Minnesota Freedom Fund, and we’ll begin to answer the question “What do we do now?”. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of this zoom series.

Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8pm: Pretrial detention and cash bail primer

Thursday, April 21, 6:30-8pm: Minnesota Freedom Fund staff presentation

Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8pm: Cash Bail Reform Team leads a conversation on how to respond

CLICK HERE to access self-study materials for this series


2020 RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY STATEMENT

With our sibling congregation Redeemer Lutheran Church, Edina Community Lutheran Church 
affirms their statement and recommits to standing in solidarity with communities across Minneapolis:

“With our partners from Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Center for Life in North Minneapolis, Edina Community Lutheran Church grieves and stands in solidarity with George Floyd, his family, friends, and the South Minneapolis community, and we condemn police brutality in all its forms across the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and the United States. We long for justice and remain committed to building God's Beloved Community in our church, neighborhood, city, and world.”

Adopted by Redeemer, June 2020 
and affirmed by ECLC’s Council of Ministers, June 2020


LINK: HISTORY OF RACIAL JUSTICE WORK AT ECLC

ECLC has a long history of being involved in many forms of justice work (i.e. LGBTQIA, EcoFaith, Gun Violence, and Racial Justice). This link provides a history of the our involvement in racial justice specifically.

PARTNER CHURCHES IN RACIAL JUSTICE WORK
(THESE LINKS WILL TAKE YOU OFF THE ECLC WEBSITE)

Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Harrison Neighborhood of North Minneapolis

St. Paul’s Lutheran in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis

Cristo De Paz Lutheran Church in El Salvador


ECLC CONTACTS

Racial Justice Action and Advocacy Committee: Looking inward and educating ourselves as well as looking outward and advocating for racial justice outside the walls of ECLC. (Contact: Leslie Swiggum or Carrie Henning-Smith)

Racial Justice Vision Committee: This committee seeks to live out ECLC’s Racial Justice Statement and help embed racial justice as a core value in every aspect of our daily ministry together. (Contact: Lauren Morse-Wendt)

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