“What Can I Do?”
By Frank Samuelson
When our congregation’s Social Ministry Committee asked this question of our Racial Justice/Multicultural team, the team came up with a variety of answers.
Here are a few:
1. Don’t lend your smile, or let your silence, encourage those who think racist remarks are acceptable humor.
Movie Review of Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Trayvon was killed.
By: The Reverend Andrena Ingram, Pastor at St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, PA
I have spent a few days thinking about “The Butler”. For me, it was an awesome movie. I have been thinking about persons who stated that they “cried through the whole movie”, and wondering if perhaps I missed something – because I didn’t. I mean, I had a few “heart tugs”.
Written by Newsletter Editor Paul Bauman
You may have read the announcement that the Board of Directors has adopted a Vision Statement for our European American Lutheran Association. Now what? What can it mean?
I have often understood that a Vision Statement suggests the desire of what that organization or group wants to become. They are not there yet, but they would like to be this.
By Harlan Johnson
After over fifty years of working to overcome institutional racism with an emphasis on the tragic separation we live with – what I call unintentional apartheid – I began to face the fact that I continue to live in a segregated world, having little meaningful contact with people of color.
There are two exceptions.
My Faith Journey by Kathy Long
The Holy Spirit started very early in me by sending me new black neighbors when I was about 10. Our neighborhood in a small industrial city in southeast Texas was redlined. Our mother insisted we play and take the little neighbor boys trick-or-treating while we lived next door.