Racial Equity Ministry Team

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Mission Statement:  The Way Out is Back Through

The Racial Equity Ministry team was formed early in 2017 in response to the mandate from the Churchwide Assembly in August, 2016 to provide education and training in anti-racism awareness in each synod of the ELCA to all rostered personnel. The additional mandate was based on the SCSW Resolution passed at the synod assembly in 2015 to respond to systemic racism with educational events in our congregations. As Lutheran Christians who believe all people are children of God and live in the promise of resurrection in a broken world we are called to participate in God’s ongoing work and to have “eyes that see and ears that hear” the Gospel message.

The Racial Equity Ministry team is composed of members that represent persons of color/European-descent, male/female, and clergy/lay to have these voices present at the table. Monthly events have been held for the synod, initially at scattered locations and more recently at New Life Church in order to record the events and have them available on the synod website.

The objective of the team, as indicated in our mission statement, is to provide education to members of our synod about issues of systemic racism and racial equity, acknowledging that we are unaware of much of our history and current events that impact different populations in different ways. Thus, we have held the monthly events to provide this education.

Past Events

December 2017
Presentation by Mary Campbell, J.D. on AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities), the ELCA program that accompanies and offers support to minors and families who are immigrating to the United States for many reasons.

https://youtu.be/xlssNIhl5Z4 or click on play below:

November 2017

Presentation by Donna Butler and George Swamp featuring books written by relatives of each with a focus on the history and cultural underpinnings of the Oneida nation.

https://youtu.be/uK0FooVaFqc or click play below:

October 2017
Dialog between Rev. Stephen Marsh and David Rinehart, Ph.D. titled “Martin Luther meets Black Lives Matter” focusing on Lutheran theology and liberation theology

September 2017
Presentation by Rev. Christa Fisher on the Jail Ministry in Madison, Dane County

May 2017
Presentation by Road Home of Dane County and discussion of homelessness and the book Evicted by Matthew Desmond.

April 2017
Screening of the film, 13th, a documentary of the prison system and its relationship to the 13th amendment to the Constitution

March 2017
Panel discussion focused on concerns about immigration and deportation Based on recent executive orders

February 2017
Screening of the film Older than America, a dramatization of the impact of Indian boarding schools on indigenous peoples.

Upcoming EVENTS
All educational events will be held at New Life Church, 7564 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison 53718 on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 – 6:30pm

The River of Struggle: Black Life in the Americas

January 7, 2018
Part I of 3-part series by Rev. Stephen Marsh presenting on the history of African kingdoms prior to the slave trade, the Middle Passage and the slave trade, history of slavery in the United States and its aftermath.

February 18, 2018
Part II of the 3-part series

March 11, 2018

Part III of the 3-part series

Racial Equity Bibliography

Video: "Honor the Reformation's African roots"
The revelation that Ethiopian Christianity possibly had links to Protestant Reformation is a game-changer for what is generally thought to be an exclusively European...

Upcoming Community Events
Wisconsin Reads "The Roundhouse" by Louise Erdrich
Jo Teut, Diversity Specialist at the UW Colleges, will be hosting and facilitating a three-part discussion in Madison on the following dates:
April 4, 2018 12:00-1:00 pm (Part One)
April 11, 2018 12:00-1:00 pm (Part Two)
April 18, 2018 12:00-1:00 pm (Part Three)

Participants will receive an electronic copy of the book. However, participants will also be able to request a copy from their local library or purchase their own copy if desired. To participate in this three-part book discussion, please register by April 2nd, 2018. Registered participants will receive reminders, information about accessing the book, and location details.

Go to: http://wisconsinreads.org/ for information on other area reading events.

Howard Thurman Conference April 26-27, 2018
Upper House is hosting a dynamic conference that reanimates the remarkable contribution of Howard Thurman, through lectures, breakout discussions, and times of contemplative reflection. As Thurman wrote, “the human spirit cannot abide the enforced loneliness of isolation.” With that in mind, we look forward to gathering from April 26-27, 2018, exploring the depth and breadth of a legacy that held a light toward community, rooted in the universal pursuit of justice.

Go to: http://howardthurman.org for more information or to register.

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