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.


September 30
Black and Blue: Exploring the Tension between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement
Jason Sole, past President of Minneapolis NAACP, Educator, and Author of From Prison to Phd: Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances
Paul Schnell, Chief of Police, Inver Grove Heights, Educator, and Mediator.

October 7
Reconciliation: The Real Work of Racial Justice
Pastor Babette Chatman, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Educator and Trainer.

October 14
Oh Freedom: Our Long Journey Towards Justice
Ms. Wanda Battle, Tour Guide Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, Gospel Singer, and Educator.

October 28
The Invention of Race: How Did We Get Here?
Dr. Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Associate Professor of English and Director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College, Educator, Poet, and Writer

November 11, 2018
Re-Imagining & Mobilizing White People for Anti-Racism
Dr. Timothy Lensmire, University of Minnesota Professor, Educator, and Author of White Folks: Race & Identity in Rural America


March 19, 2018
Racial Justice Liaison Gathering
University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis

May 19, 2018
Prophetic: Amplifying Queer & Colorful Voices
Westwood Lutheran Church, Edina Community Lutheran Church, Minneapolis North High School

June 3, 2018
Justice Choir Community Sing with Tesfa Wondamagegnehu & Pastor Dwayne Davis
Edina Community Lutheran Church

June 19, 2018
Summer Book Group--Another Brooklyn:A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
Edina Community Lutheran Church

July 29, 2018
Standing in Solidarity
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

August 15, 2018
16th Annual Redeemer Block Party
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

October, 2018 - June, 2019
Sacred Solidarity Network Training
Minneapolis, MN

October 27, 2018
Redeemer Center for Life 20th Anniversary Gala
Lopped Trail Head, Minneapolis


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)