Beyond statements and prayers, we are called to also act and respond to injustices.
We invite you to sign the pledge,
"I commit to study, prayer and action to become an anti-racist individual in an anti-racist church,"
and share your participation on social media using #ELCA4justice.
Resolution of the Council of Advent Lutheran Church Supporting
Pastor Ward Misenheimer in
Social Justice Work
WHEREAS Jesus calls us to participate in building God's reign here on earth by struggling for justice and peace and by c,hallenging unjust political and social systems. "Strive first for the reign of God and God's justice." (Matthew 6:33); and
WHEREAS the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELGA) approved a Declaration to People of African Descent on June 27, 2019 that includes an apology for our complicity in slavery, lamenting the white church's perpetuation of racism, and
From the Pastor's Desk
June 4, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the pastor and spiritual leader of our faith community, I must confess to my Advent brothers and sisters who are black, brown, or contain more pigmentation in their skin than I do, that I am personally sorry that I have not spoken up and spoken out against the horrendous and egregious act that led to the murder of George Floyd on Monday, May 25.
As of the time of writing this letter, 11 days have passed and I have not publicly denounced the actions of Officer Derek Chauvin, who killed Mr. Floyd by keeping his knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds (or the three other Minneapolis Police officers who stood by and watched a fellow officer kill another human by asphyxiation.) I cannot imagine the suffering that George Floyd experienced during these last minutes of his life.
Racial Justice Reading Group -
White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness
Thursday, January 14
Please join us for another Racial Justice Reading Group discussion this Thursday, January 14, at 7:00 pm. We're reading excerpts from Maurice Berger's book "White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness."
Click here to access the readings in Dropbox or click here to access the material in Google Drive. (NOTE: The Google Drive file is too large to preview but it is safe to download it.) If you have any problems access the readings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This reading group is geared toward white members of Advent interested in learning how race shapes our lives and our role in white supremacy; however, all are welcome to join.
MLK Jr. Day Events
A Prophetic Call to the Church on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 17 OR 18, 2021
4:00 p.m. on Facebook & YouTube
On Good Friday, April 12, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Birmingham, AL after violating an anti-protest injunction and was kept in solitary confinement. During this time, the Rev. Dr. King penned the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on the margins of the Birmingham News, in reaction to a statement published in the same newspaper by eight white clergymen condemning the protests.
The Rev. Dr. King’s prophetic call to action to the Church and fellow clergy is grievously and regrettably relevant over 50 years later. As we honor the Rev. Dr. King’s dedication to reforming the Church and American culture, you are invited to listen to the African-American voices of rostered leaders of the ELCA, once again asserting a call for action to the Church by reading the very words written by Dr. King.
The Metro D.C. Synod has partnered with the African Descent Lutheran Association to present this prophetic call to the Church on Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 PM and will be replayed on Monday, January 18 at 4:00 PM. You are invited to watch on the Metro D.C. Synod webpage, or on the Metro D.C. Synod’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Advent’s Discussion of MLK Jr’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
January 18, 2021
6:00 p.m. via Zoom
After watching the ELCA’s reading of Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, join your Advent friends for a conversation about the prophetic call and a discussion about the Letter.
Meeting ID: 854 4092 8969
Results of Faith and Race Survey
and Call to Action
Summarizing our ELCA Social Statement on Race
As Lutherans pondering our role in attaining racial justice, we can find our mission in the ELCA social statement entitled “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture.” A full reading of the 8-page document reveals the word “time” repeatedly. We might conclude that it’s about time we address racial justice!
NC ELCA RACIAL JUSTICE NETWORK
The ELCA Social Statement
Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture expresses the ELCA’s calling to celebrate culture and ethnicity.
Take a stand. Answer the call for equality. Answer the call for civil rights. Join the oldest and boldest civil rights organization in the nation. Join the NAACP
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.