Racial Justice Work at Trinity
Our community has an opportunity to grow as we strive to live together. By doing some hard work, we can learn to build trusting relationships and provide a true sense of belonging for all races. Initially, our Racial Justice Action Team has presented to the Trinity Council a framework for actions to start this work. For each of us, it will take self-reflection, education, and listening as we find our way towards reconciliation and connection to each other. We are choosing to mitigate divisive rhetoric and move to a space that commits to loving one another as Christ loves us. Realizing this is a journey, the Council and Task force are asking everyone to join them these next implementation steps and to an authentic inclusive culture.
Seek out and provide resources and opportunities that help to inform us on the history of racial oppression in this country, and facilitate discussion, reflection and prayer opportunities for the Trinity community.
a message from presiding bishop elizabeth eaton
As we celebrate and lift up Black History Month, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares some of the rich contributions of Black Lutherans to the early Lutheran church in the United States. Let us take a few minutes to listen to this message and learn about some of the important ways in which the Lord shows us how important every person is in the unfolding reign of God through history. Also, a strong reminder that the Lutheran tradition is a movement led by the Spirit who works in and through all people.
Links and Resources
One of the action steps that the Trinity Council committed to implementing, at the recommendation of the Racial Action Team, is that of education. These 'Quick Links' provide resources and opportunities for everyone to join in doing this important work of challenging our individual and collective biases. Inclusion of all people is one of the values identified by Trinity during the VDA process. The work is ongoing. If you come across an opportunity or resource you think would be appropriate to share, please send to Josh@trinitylutheranchurch.com.
- ELCA - A Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy
- Statement by the ELCA bishops reaffirming a commitment to combat racism and white supremacy
- Anti-racism resources from the Church Council of Greater Seattle, including resources for parents to raise anti-racist children
- Confronting Racism-Working for Change: A list of resources and recommendations from St. Mark's Episcopal
- Virtual Book Series: Insightful Interviews with Immigration Authors - Tuesdays - hosted by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services