Ethnic Specific and Multicultural MinistriesMembers of the ELCA believe that Christ’s church is not ours to control, nor is it our job to sort, divide, categorize or exclude. Our faith liberates us to embrace each person in their wholeness — questions, complexities, ethnicity, culture and all. The Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries team assists the ELCA in becoming more culturally diverse and anti-racist by working with ELCA congregations, synods, communities, agencies and institutions. The team provides consultation, programming and resources to help accomplish this work to which the ELCA is called.
The Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries team works within the ELCA toward the goal of full partnership and participation of African Descent, American Indian and Alaska Native, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander and Latino people in the life of this church. This is done in partnership, together with leaders throughout the church, churchwide ministries staff, regions, synods, congregations, agencies and institutions. Each ethnic specific community has developed a mission strategy unique to their needs and aspirations. Each ethnic specific ministry program director works in partnership with their community’s rostered and lay leaders and ethnic associations.
The Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries team also assists this church in working to become more culturally diverse and anti-racist by providing resources and opportunities to engage in cross-cultural and racial equity learning through the work of Racial Justice Ministries.
Find out more about each of the following Ethnic Specific Ministry areas, their mission strategies and related associations: