Take Action and Spread the Word! We’ve outlined many actions that you can take to help us get the resolution passed.
Things YOU can do to testify your support
Here are all the actions you can take to publicly support this endeavor.
Sign The Petition
Have you signed the petition yet? Please take a moment to prayerfully read the resolution and sign the petition.
We hope to hand these signatures directly to those voting on the resolution. We are aiming for at least 100 per synod, and would prefer 200.
Testify as to the need of this resolution.
Take a moment to prayerfully think of how important it is to remember the Emanuel Nine and their sacrifice, and work to combat racism in the ELCA. Then fill out our “Testimony” form.
We hope to hand these testimonies directly to those voting on the resolution. Personal testimony is extremely persuasive and absolutely necessary.
Donate to our outreach efforts.
With your gift, we can boost awareness of the resolution throughout the preparation and duration of the assembly. We invite you to contribute to our efforts of spreading this message of repentance from racism, and honoring those who lost their lives.
You can also contribute via Facebook, if that is easier.
Things YOU Can Do To Help Collect Signatures
Getting as many signatures as possible is paramount. Will you take some time and help us evangelize this work?
A. Share the Petition on Facebook.
Write a post about about why this matters to you, and share the petition link on Facebook. Sharing the petition on this medium is vital to getting the word out.
Consider using the hashtags #CWA19 and #Emanuel9FeastDay
B. Share the Petition on Twitter
If you use twitter, alert your followers to the petition. Use both the hashtags #CWA19 and #Emanuel9FeastDay
Click here to share the petition on Twitter
Invite your friends to “like” our Facebook Page
Being able to directly invite people to “like” our page on Facebook is the fastest way folks have found out about us. (We’ve done some number crunching!) Would you take a moment to visit our page and invite your friends? It does a world of good in getting the word out.
If you do not know how, here is a video on how to do it.
Take a moment to think about all the folks that you know who could support this petition.
Can Your Pastor Make a Statement?
Have you heard from your pastor or about this petition yet?
Drop them an email asking them to make a statement about the importance of this resolution.
Ask Your Pastor or Council to Email Your Congregation.
Have you heard from your church council about this petition yet?
Drop them an email asking them to alert the congregation in their email blast about this resolution.
Ask Your Synod to Make a Statement
Have you heard from your Bishop or Synod Council about this petition yet?
Drop them an email asking them to alert the synod in their email blast about this resolution.
If you do hear back from any of your leadership, make a statement, or send out an email, let us know on the contact us page so we can share it!
Email friends and colleagues to sign the petition.
Church organizing still largely is based on conversations in email. It’s amazing how many contacts we have accumulated in our contact list. Will you take a moment to connect with them over this issue?
We have some suggested text for an email to friends and colleagues. Please feel free to change it and alter it how you see fit.
Subject: Sign the petition! Establish June 17th as Emanuel 9 Feast Day of Repentance in the ELCA Body: Friend, I signed a petition showing my support to the voting members of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly for establishing June 17th as the Emanuel 9 Feast Day of Repentance. A permanent day of repentance, grounded in prayer as the Emanuel 9 were murdered while in prayer at bible study, will include developing future worship prayers and litanies around repentance from racism. It will include venerating the nine we lost for their martyrdom. It will reaffirm the ELCA's commitment to repentance from racism. In these actions it does the work the Gospel. But we need your help getting the word out before Churchwide Assembly. Can you join me and take action? The petition is here: http://bit.ly/Emanuel9Petition Many blessings!
If you have some people in mind already, can you take a moment right now to email them?
- Think of who you know would sign this petition.
- Copy the text above.
- Click on this link and it will open your default email program.