Trinity's Racial Justice Committee
When we build walls of hostility and live behind them—blaming others for the problem and looking to them for solutions—we ignore the role we ourselves play in the problem and also in the solution. When we confront racism and move toward fairness and justice in society, all of us benefit.
This quote from the ELCA Social Statement on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture forms the foundation of Trinity’s new Racial Justice Committee. There is no doubt that our country has made great strides in building bridges among different ethnic groups, but you only need to read the latest news reports to realize that we still have a long way to go.
Fortunately, Trinity has a new group that has formed to address some of these issues. The Trinity Racial Justice Committee started meeting last winter with only one item on the agenda: Start talking about these complex issues in an open, honest, caring, faithful way.
And now, after having these conversations for the past six months, those of us on the committee have already come to the realization that we, ourselves, carry our own biases and prejudices in ways we weren’t even aware of. But that’s the point: to raise awareness, admit our shortcomings, and move ahead boldly.
The ELCA Social Statement includes this statement:
Vision breaks through brokenness. We are one in Christ. As the body of Christ, we are free to live out our connectedness with each other. Although racism affects each one of us differently, we must take responsibility for our participation, acknowledge our complicity, repent of our sin, and pray God will bring us to reconciliation.
That is the prayer of the Racial Justice Committee: that we might take responsibility for our actions, praying that God will lead us forward in justice, truth, and light.
Please contact Pastor Engholm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-955-1891 for more information.