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.
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.
- PLU Lutheran Studies Conference featuring Rev. Lenny Duncan - this year's conference focuses on systemic racism and will involve opportunities for reading, reflection and commitment to action for individuals and their faith and/or educational communities. Keynote on Oct 1, book discussions Sept 20 & 27. More below.
- Seattle Social Justice Film Festival (films streaming online) - October 1-11
- WA Superintendent Candidate Forum - October 8, 6 PM
- "Racial Justice in Education" Webinar - October 8, 11 AM
- UW Graduate School's Public Lecture Series, especially:
- 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
- Virtual Book Series: Insightful Interviews with Immigration Authors - Tuesdays - hosted by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
- "Hunger in the Time of Covid-19: Life for Today and Hope for Tomorrow" - Rick Steves, Bishop Eaton, and Bishop Byran Wee hold a virtual benefit for ELCA World Hunger - Sept 24, 5 PM
This year’s Pacific Lutheran University Lutheran Studies Conference focuses on systemic racism and will involve opportunities for reading, reflection and commitment to action for individuals and their faith and/or educational communities. We will be guided in this work and reflection by Rev. Lenny Duncan, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Church of America (ELCA). The conference will include:
- Keynote Address on October 1st at 7:00pm. Rev. Lenny Duncan will be speaking on his book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US (2019). This webinar will be held virtually via Zoom.
- Adult Forum book discussions for Congregations on September 20th & 27th at 9:00am. Forums will focus on Chapters 1, 9 and 10, and will be facilitated by Dr. Marit Trelstad, PLU Chair of Lutheran Studies. Please encourage your congregation to read ahead!
- PLU Chapel on September 30th at 10:30am. Rev. Lenny Duncan will be preaching with University Pastor Jen Rude.