Race, Ethnicity and Culture

“Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” expresses the ELCA’s calling to regard seriously culture and ethnicity, confront racism, to engage in public leadership, witness and deliberation, and to advocate for justice and fairness for all people. The statement is grounded in the conviction that the church has been gathered together in the joyful freedom of the reign of God announced by and embodied in Jesus. That reign has not come in its fullness, but the message of God's “yes” to the world breaks down all dividing walls as we live into that promise.

In daily life, cultural, ethnic and racial differences matter, but they can be seen and celebrated as what God intends them to be — blessings rather than means of oppression and discrimination. We are a church that belongs to Christ, where there is a place for everyone. Christ’s church is not ours to control, nor is it our job to sort, divide, categorize or exclude.

You can read or download the full social statement on “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” in English or en español. This statement was adopted in 1993 by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Social Statement (en)

Social Statement (esp)

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