Why a Circle?
For us a circle represents that leadership is a dynamic flow that moves among us according to contextual need. A circle continues when those in it stay highly connected with each other so that the circle is not broken. We commit to being a circle, staying highly connected with one another, supporting leadership among us as it arise in the contextual moment.
Our Goal: A functional, active national network of witnesses that engages issues of becoming an anti-racist society and realizing racial justice in the church and throughout society.
Objective 1: Engage all synods to have a functioning Anti-Racism Team (ART) or an equivalent
- Determine the church’s mandate for synodical ART’s.
- Request the report from Communications on synod ART contacts & provide an analysis.
- Design a Campaign to follow up with synods lacking an ART.
Objective 2: Create an alert network using digital media.
- Interface with Communications to design network structure.
- Develop a methodology for collecting and sharing stories of success in turning toward becoming anti-racist and stories of the challenges in realizing a cross-cultural church.
- Connect with the Missional Advancement unit to develop protocols so that the EALA message receive wider publication in the ELCA.
Objective 3: Develop an ecumenical component for the Network.
- Create a map of ecumentical connectors for EALA participants to engage.
Objective 4: Develop follow-up and new objectives.