“As a church called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must continue to listen deeply, to speak out about racial equity and inclusion, to respect and uplift the dignity and humanity of every person and to join with others in organizing for change. In baptism we have become part of the body of Christ and in Christ there is no barrier between us.” – ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, 2014
On Saturday, February 4th, Advent Lutheran hosted an Anti-Racism Workshop. It was a thought-provoking day dedicated to giving participants the vocabulary and tools to together begin dismantling racism in our communities and churches from a Christian theological perspective. . T
The workshop included using the resource, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, from World Trust. Our facilitator was the Rev. Adisa Armand, a pastor within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has worked with many local and national organizations to inaugurate honest conversations about systemic racism within the American context. This was accomplished through strategic dialogue, readings, specific movies, personal testimonies from people of color in small and large groups, that hopefully resulted in transformative personal and community behavior.