Racial Justice Ministries
"inclusive not exclusive"
Racial justice ministry is being “inclusive not exclusive” in creating a climate of peace, justice, freedom and dignity that embraces all people. A climate that provides opportunities for growth, leadership, empowerment and advocating for policies and programs that are socially and racially just.
We are called to be a church of inclusion that “confronts the scandalous realities of racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, age, gender, familial, sexual, physical, personal, and class barriers that often manifest themselves in exclusion, poverty, hunger, and violence.” We must seek the truth and not be afraid to speak truth to power. We are called to be a church that has zero tolerance for any forms of injustices, discriminations or oppressions. Therefore grounded in scripture, theological reflection for the ongoing journey. The ELCA Social Statement, Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture
offers theological reflection and direction for this journey of repentance, reconciliation, healing and wholeness.
The Racial Justice Ministry program will now carryout ministry in the following areas:
- Internalized racial oppression
Building healthy community and leadership development
White privilege and anti-racism education and training in partnership with the Office of the Presiding Bishop
Building a capacity for self reflection, climate change and opportunity
Moving from privilege to partnership: creating an anti-racist multicultural church
- Addressing the church’s climate on
Inclusivity and Diversity
- Ecumenical partnerships and resources
Develop and maintain ecumenical partnerships and networks for racial justice
Resource sharing and development
- Collaborative Work
Works in collaboration with Church in Society in the areas of public policy and corporate social responsibility matters
- Resource Development
Development of educational resources
Development of training models