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Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture
When and Where: Sunday, Nov 1, 8 and 15 at 10:20 AM, Luther Hall
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) teaches that there is one God and one humanity created by God, as expressed in Scripture. Our oneness in Christ, the one who breaks down dividing walls, connects all people. The whole church looks forward to God’s future when people will come from everywhere to eat together in the reign of God (Luke 13:29).
This church names racism as sin and affirms that the diversity of cultures throughout history is a God-given gift and a glimpse of the future. Plurality of culture (the attitudes and patterns of life) is a blessing to be appreciated, not absorbed by assimilation. The ELCA opposes discrimination, supports legislation that guarantees equal rights, and promotes international respect for human rights.
Aims of this guided discussion:
- To utilize this statement as a tool to guide conversations on race relations, ethnicity, and culture; and what it means to be a public church that values all people.
- To confront the cost of narrowness, racism, and exclusivity with repentance and appreciate and celebrate the benefits of racial and cultural diversity in the Church.
- To seek ways to help the congregation commit to a celebration of racial and cultural diversity, a valuing of all people and an action on behalf of and in support of social justice for all.
- ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton addresses issues of racial justice – video published Dec. 5, 2014:(40 minute you tube video)