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.
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.
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
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
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.
To learn more, contact our Racial Justice Vision Committee which 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)