As we begin the new year, let us look for peace and renewed ways to listen and learn from one another. On January 14th at 8 pm CST, the ELCA will have a live webcast “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning.” This conversation will offer a variety of perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. The webcast will work from two commitments: one is this church’s proclamation of Christ and the confidence that this good news brings to set us all free from the captivity of racism. The second is this church’s enduring commitment to address the complexity of racism and end discrimination.
If you cannot tune in for the live broadcast, a recording will be available at www.ELCA.org/webcast. If you decide to view the webcast in a small group or individually, consider these questions:
-How has the criminal justice system intersected with your life?
-What are some injustices that need to change in the criminal justice system?
-There are many voices crying out. What story would you like to share that involve people in the criminal justice system –police officer, judge, family or others?
-How is God’s justice wondrously richer and deeper than ours?
If you are interested in deeper conversation and learning, download “Called to Hear” – the new ELCA study guide for this church’s social statement “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries.” You can access these resources and many others at www.ELCA.org/webcast. A guide for leading a conversation on race, ethnicity and culture is available there.
To see what our sisters and brothers in the ELCA South Carolina Synod are doing as an example of ways we can build new relationships, listen and learn from one another, view this video.