Racial Justice Sunday Forums

Please join us on Sunday, September 30 as we begin a 3-part series focused around the topic of racial justice.

  • September 30: Join Jason Sole, the former President of the NAACP-Minneapolis, and Paul Schnell, Chief of Police in Inver Grove Heights, for an important conversation titled "Black and Blue: Exploring the Tension Between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement." Sole, an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University, grew up in impoverished Chicago neighborhoods, became a gang member, committed crimes, and was jailed multiple times. Schnell grew up in a predominantly white, middle class community in rural Wisconsin and went on to become a police chief and teacher. The intersection of their lives in recent years provides a context for understanding the biases we all have, the unique filters through which we each view the world, the importance of engaging in difficult conversations, and the need to hear the pain, anger, and distrust that exists in large portions of the community – particularly for those who interact with the criminal justice system.

  • October 7: Pastor Babette Chatman, from Redeemer Lutheran Church, invites you to join in the dialogue about the justice work of racial reconciliation. Pastor Chatman will also preach about both services on October 7th.

  • October 14: We welcome guest musician Wanda Battle to ECLC. She will lead us in song and story at the forum, as well as during both services.

Come and join other ECLCers as we learn and grow together, each Sunday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Questions or ideas for future forums? Reach out to Liz Peterson, Minister of Adult Faith Formation.