The Struggle for Racial Justice Continues…
ECLC is a community of believers that is dedicated to growing deeper in our understanding of the world God made, and in our commitment to affirm Easter for the whole creation. Toward that end, over 50 ECLC individuals have participated in a variety of opportunities to engage in the struggle for racial justice: from conversations to inventories to trainings to direct action. This past January and February, we created a statement that reflects our commitment to participate in the ongoing struggle:

"Racial injustice continues to thrive in our country and communities. Our Christian response is to walk in solidarity with people of color, because standing silent sanctions continued violence. Recognizing that those of us who are white are intertwined in a network of unearned privilege, we are compelled to be allies advocating for racial justice. We invite other congregations to join together in expressing their commitments to live out our shared faith—active in love—in the struggle for equity and justice."

Edina Community Lutheran Church
Racial Justice Collective
February 12, 2016

Creating a statement is not the end of this work, but it is a starting point and an important witness signifying how we will continue to proclaim God’s YES for the world.

From April 23-April 30, a group of 15 ECLC members and friends will be embarking on a journey to Alabama, Mississippi, and beyond as we confront our nation’s history, our own privilege, and learn from civil rights’ activists who have lived to tell the stories of their lives. Mark and Leslie Swiggum have led this trip for years with various groups from ECLC and other congregations, and we hope for many more to come. We invite you to follow this group’s journey through a blog on our website (www.eclc.org, starting this Saturday) as we reflect on what we see and hear.

With hope,
Pastor Stephanie

SHORT STORY GROUP: Everyone is welcome to join the Short Story on Friday, April 22, at 10 am at Nancy Peterson’s home.  We will be discussing ‘The Dancing Party’ by Mary Gordon from the book “We Are The Stories We Tell”.   Please RSVP to Nancy.

RETIRED ECLC MEN  Join us for breakfast on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am at Perkins Restaurant at Eden and Willson Roads in Edina (near 50th and Hwy 100). This month's gathering will be next Wednesday, April 27.

CALLING FOR MEMORABILIA As we move into a new building and new stage of ECLC’ life, we want to honor our history and those who have come before. A group of members and former members are forming a committee to collect and display old photos, articles, and other items from the congregation’s past. Holly Gustafson, Carla Colburn and Becky Dixen will lovingly care for any items that you are willing to loan or copy for us to use for our History Project. We will work on this through the summer and will add what we have to the archives that Lynn Sumi and others worked on as they come out of storage this fall. We’ll have more details later about how to transfer your items but wanted to give everyone a heads-up to start searching those attics!  Don’t let anything get thrown away until we’ve looked at it! If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact us through Holly or at this e-mail address: ECLChistory@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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