As we continue to take steps individually and as a congregation towards understanding, confronting, and dismantling racial bias and systemic racism around us, among us, and within us, here is one thing to watch, one place to give and one action to take:
1. watch. "A Time For Burning"
Watch this 1966 documentary film that follows the story of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Click here to find this film on YouTube.
2. give. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church // Minneapolis, MN
Donate to support the ongoing ministry of this ELCA congregation in South Minneapolis who is serving the immediate needs of its community that was surrounded by the uprising after George Floyd’s murder. Click here for their donation site through "GiveMN."
3. do. Support a local Black-owned business
Minneapolis and St. Paul are blessed to have many Minority- and Black-owned businesses to choose from. Click here for one listing of such buisnesses, this one provided by KARE-11 news.
This congregation has committed itself to becoming anti-racist, confronting white privilege and systemic injustice within us and around us. This week, we lift up one thing to read, one place you can donate, and one concrete action you can take in this effort. You’ll notice a relationship between these three things—they’re connected to the larger work of our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The links to each of these can be found on the home page of our website, as well as in the bulletin for this morning.
As we continue our commitment to on-going Anti-Racism work, individually and as a congregation, here is one thing you can read this week, one place you can donate or give this week, and one concrete action you can take this week:
Friends, just like COVID-19, confronting racism is a marathon not a sprint. But as Pr John has pointed out, this race has already started, and we need to keep on going. We hope that providing these three items each week can help us each find a place to begin or a way to continue and sustain this important work.
As we continue to commit ourselves as a congregation to be actively anti-racist, confronting white privilege and systemic violence, we want to lift up examples each week of one thing to read, one place to donate, and one concrete action to take. Here are this week's suggestions: