Racial Justice

At ECLC’s Annual Meeting on February 5, 2017, the congregation made a commitment toward racial justice and approved the following statement:

ECLC Racial Justice Statement
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. We recognize that those who are white are intertwined in a network of unearned privilege. We, as a congregation, are compelled to advocate 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.


Past ECLC Events/Actions and Related Resources

Do Justice Conversations (3rd Sunday of the month, 9:45 a.m. at ECLC)
Open Letter to Colin Kaepernick by Nate Boyer

October 2017
Racial Justice Call to Action
Redlining: The racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today (06:19 min. video)

September 2017
Video of Sunday Forum with Rev. Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds (59:03 min.)

May 2017
Letter to St. Olaf College Administration in support of The Collective for Change on the Hill

February 2017
Racial Justice Statement adopted by congregation (written February 2016)

January 2017
Author Sun Yung Shin presentation on A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota: 6 Principles of Nonviolence & 8 White Identities (for reading guide, click here)

October 2016
Letter to Edina City Council regarding Edina Police and black pedestrian Larnie Thomas (pdf)

September 2016
Forum on White Fragility, video with Dr. Robin DiAngelo (22:06 min.)

May 2016
Resolution on Racial Justice adopted by Minneapolis Area Synod

OTher Website Links to Explore

Ijeoma Oluo: 'I am drowning in whiteness'

ECLC Contacts

Education: Looking inward and educating ourselves (Contact: Sandy Heidemann)
Institutional Change: Looking inward as an organization and working on the systems of oppression at ECLC (Contact: Mary Breen)
Action and Advocacy: Looking outward and advocating for racial justice outside the walls of ECLC (Contact: Sandy Heidemann)