Racial Justice Advocacy

In 2015, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton encouraged all ELCA Lutherans and congregations to start having conversations about race. Women of the ELCA applauds this idea; we have been having helpful conversations about racial justice since 1997.

We know some of the hazards of having conversations about race. We know far too many conversations about race fail to be helpful. This is a shame, because it takes a great deal of energy to have any conversation about race. It makes sense to direct some of that energy to learning how to have helpful conversations about race.

And so, Women of the ELCA offers three resources to help.

The resources include “How to have helpful conversations about race in the church”; a Bible study, “Listening to the third slave”; and a historical timeline to help congregations better understand race relations in the current climate. An anti-racism Bible study “The Story of Peter & Cornelius” has been updated.

The resources below are available for free download.