Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Racial Justice Team
At the open invitation of The Rev. Sherri Schafer
(D.E.M.), a gathering of interested clergy and laity began
meeting via Zoom to study racism and increase awareness.
You can learn more about the Racial Justice Team by contacting Schafer.
Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and CultureChurchwide Assembly 1993 adopted the social statement, Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture. This document still serves as the principal social statement related directly to matters of racism. You can reach a download page here.
Resources related to the racism and, specifically, the Commemoration of the Emmanuel Nine can be accessed at https://www.elca.org/emanuelnine.
Churchwide Assembly 2019, by CA19.04.15, established June 17 as the Commemoration of the Emanuel 9, designating it as a day of repentance a day of repentance in the ELCA associated with their martyrdom in the Mother Emanuel Massacre of 17 June 2015.
The resolution also ordered the production of resources
to support the commemoration. These can be accessed at https://www.elca.org/emanuelnine.
At the page you will find...
The ELCA Executive for Worship has indicated that the
ELCA Churchwide Office is not planning a streamed prayer
service this year, as it did in 2020, but refreshed
resources for local observance are available at the ELCA's
Emmanuel Nine page.
Letters on Racism
WV-WMD Pastors' Letter on RacismThirty-seven pastors of the WV-WMD Synod, joined by two pastors from other judicatories, subscribed to a letter published 4 June 2021, addressing racism and stating,
For the full text of the letter, click here.Official statements of the WV-WMD Synod are issued by either the Synod Assembly or the Synod Council. Letters by the bishop, traditionally called "pastorals," and letters issued by others in the synod, unless specifically authorized by the Synod Assembly or the Synod Council, are communications of the signatories.
COB Letter on Racism and White SupremacyELCA News Service released 29 May, under the byline, "ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy," a letter from the Conference of Bishops. The full text can be downloaded here.
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