Vision and Mission for Racial Justice Working Group
Vision: A beloved community that lives out the gospel truth of loving our neighbors as ourselves (Matt 22:37-40) Mission: Guided by the Gospel, we commit to combating systemic racism in our congregation and community (Micah 6:8) Objective: Develop a meaningful, substantial and respectful plan within our congregation and community to increase racial understanding and to build partnerships and action towards racial justice Strategies: The framework for our work will be built around
You can view recordings/videos from the spring 2023 SALT series presented by the Racial Justice Working Group.
February 26 - Michael O. Emerson, Ph.D., Head of the Sociology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, shares research from his forthcoming book, The Grand Betrayal: The Agonizing Story of Religion, Race, and Rejection in American Life, from a keynote presentation delivered November 5, 2022, sponsored by Minnesota Council of Churches, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis (https://youtu.be/KtnmxSYH_vM?t=2203). This is the premise for the following three sessions.
March 12 - Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri (pronounced ‘go jeri’), Co-Director for Racial Justice, Minnesota Council of Churches, and ordained Itinerant Elder in the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church, highlighted points on white supremacy and it’s entanglement with the Christian church, which are a focus of her dissertation for the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Bethel University.
March 26 - Felicia A. Boone, a DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Consultant for Hennepin County, the Vice-President of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA, a member of the Board of Regents at Wartburg College (ELCA), and leads/collaborates on a range of committees as a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, spoke to us through a racial equity lens.
April 30 - Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican nation located in central Wisconsin, with degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology, currently parish associate at Church of All Nations Presbyterian, and Co-Director of Racial Justice for the Minnesota Council of Churches, raised our awareness of American Indian causes and injustices, ensuring that the Native American voice is heard in areas where it has long been ignored.