Join a special webinar on March 5, 1-2:30 p.m. CT, to explore “Now Is the Time: A Study Guide for ELCA Declaration to People of African Descent.” Please register in advance for this free learning opportunity.
Participants will explore the new study guide that helps congregations wrestle with the meaning of “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent” and its accompanying explanation. Webinar speakers include the study’s author, Dr. Joyce Caldwell, Ph.D., Leading for Racial Equity, LLC; Judith Roberts, senior director for diversity, equity and inclusion, ELCA; the Rev. Nicolette Marie Peñaranda, program director, African Descent Ministries, ELCA; Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director, Women of the ELCA; Shari Seifert, president, European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice.
This study guide provides an avenue for the realization, self-examination and accountability the church requires to “apologiz[e] to people of African descent for its complicity in slavery and its enduring legacy of racism in the United States and globally,” in the declaration’s words. The study guide focuses on deepening our understanding of this history as participants engage in often-difficult conversation and reflection to move the church toward racial healing and justice.
The webinar is hosted by ELCA Racial Justice, Women of the ELCA and the European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional information.