Social Justice Team

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  - Micah 6:8

 

The Social Justice Mission Team is a newly formed sub-team of the Social Concerns Mission Team.  The team’s mission is to discuss and learn about economic, racial, and social injustice in the world and to advocate and work for loving community, equality, and justice for all.

 

“Church in Society” is one of the 11 Social Statements adopted by the ELCA intended to review pressing social issues and provide a Lutheran response that calls us to action. 

A passage from the statement is below:

 

“In witnessing to Jesus Christ, the Church announces that the God who justifies expects all people to do justice.  God’s good and just demands address people in the obligations of their relationships and the challenges of the world.  Through the divine activity of the Law, God preserves creation, orders society, and promotes justice in a broken world.”

 

“This church must participate in social structures critically, for sin also is at work in the world.  Social structures and processes combine life-giving and life-destroying dynamics in complex mixtures and in varying degrees.  This church, therefore, must unite realism and vision, wisdom and courage, in its social responsibility.  It needs constantly to discern when to support and when to confront society’s cultural patterns, values, and powers.”

 

The entire statement can be read at http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements/Church-in-Society.aspx

  

Social Justice Resources


  • Are You Registered to Vote?

     Do you have a voting plan? Don’t forget to register if you have not already done so. If you are voting by absentee ballot, remember to double-check that you have filled it out correctly, and make sure to return it soon!!

    Voting_Information.pdf

  • ELCA Social Justice Stance and Resources

    If you’re not already part of the ELCA Advocacy network sign up to receive updates including Advocacy Connections, monthly e-news, and Action Alerts at impactful moments. https://elca.org/advocacy/signup

  • Self-Awareness

    Educating yourself is important -- utilize resources about racial inequality and biases.   

    • Find a way to do the work of anti-racism. Some examples might include attending a training, joining an allies group, participating in a protest. Keep working to grow, instead of settling into shame, and ask folks how you can grow.
    • Ted Talk on how being anti-racist is a process (growth mindset-influenced framework) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbdxeFcQtaU

       

  • Interrupting Racism

    Begin having difficult conversations with white friends and family about racism and inequality

    • Reject the desire to ask Black folks, Indigenous folks or people of color (BIPOC) to explain racism for you. Instead, find resources created by BIPOC to help educate yourself, or offer to financially compensate BIPOC folks who are educating you!
    • Interrupting racism is an essential part of showing up. Don’t stay silent when you hear a ‘racist jokes’, or if someone says ‘I can’t be racist I have a black friend’, or if someone says ‘all lives matter’ . You don’t have to have all the answers or a deep conversation to help interrupt racism.
    • Helpful list of 10 racist interrupters:

                      1. That is not okay with me

                      2. What you just said is harmful.

                      3. We don’t say things like that here.

                      4. I’m not comfortable with that.

                      5. I find that offensive.

                      6. That’s not funny.

                      7. I’m sorry, what?

                      8. Hold on. I need to process what you just said.

                      9. Help me understand your thinking.

                      10. I didn’t realize you think that.

     

    Here is a link with some excellent "script"-type suggestions for how to talk with others about racial injustice.https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/resources-publications/lessons-talking-about-race-racism-and-racial-justice

  • Talking to Children About Racism

  • Suggested Books

    I’m Still Here  by Austin Channing Brown

    How to be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi

    White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

       w/Video: " Why Are White People So Bad at Talking About Race?" - short video summarizing the book by Robin DiAngelo