Thank you for your initiative! What a concrete way of repenting for the sins of our ancestors and our complicity in the oppression of God’s beloved.
We cannot continue to be silent contributors to the discrimination and hate that is racism. We must take a stand against the hateful words and actions of citizens, representatives and leaders of the USA and this petition is a good place to start!
This beautiful step could significantly help move our understanding and our compassion in a positive direction.
Worshiped and interviewed at Emmanuel before the shooting and was a seminary classmate of Rev Pinckney. We need to study the racism embedded in this country that led to the martyrdom of these beautiful people of God. The ELCA needs to lead. Please vote in favor!
I support increased banning guns of mass destruction and restrictions on hand guns in the US. Please forward any thing I can support on this cause. Thanks. Jane
It is SO important for us to be doing this at any time, but even more so given the racist and nationalistic stances of our current political leadership.
Speaking as a lifelong, female, white member of the ELCA we bear corporate responsibility for this ethnic cleansing. Please pass this and strongly urge all pastors to implement this as quickly as possible.
I long for my church to more publicly and specifically confess and repent of the ways in which we contribute to white supremacy, and for us to more boldly follow the teachings of Jesus — resisting oppression and proclaiming true freedom.
This resolution is necessary and powerful – and it is only one piece of a much larger transformation that must take place in order to build true healing and accountability to the ongoing dominance of white supremacy in the ELCA. I hope that the prayers and litanies will be boldly grounded in true liberating theology, not in white comfort, and with Black authorship; that the financial support to the memorial is substantial and recorded transparently as a step of accountability; that reconciliation procedures be concrete and likewise transparently shared as a step of accountability.
Let this be a sign of our commitment to the dismantling of racism within the ELCA.