ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton encourages the church to engage in difficult conversations about racism, while always trusting in the promise of God’s grace in our life together. We are all members of the body of Christ, and bound to each other in this work.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., continued their conversation on racism – a violation of God’s intention for humanity – in a live webcast Jan. 14, 2016, at 8 p.m. (CST). Joining Eaton and Horne for this conversation were:
+ Judge Yolanda Tanner, an ELCA member who serves as an associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
+ Leonard Duncan, an ELCA member who shared his experience of incarceration, poverty and homelessness. Duncan is a student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and an ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient.
+ Charlene Guiliani, an ELCA member and former police sergeant. Guiliani is a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, and an ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient.
Historically white congregations are meeting with historically black congregations in South Carolina to confront racism by sitting down and watching the film Selma (a film about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) together and having discussions about racism and how to come together as one.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., in a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism. Recorded at 8 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2015. For more information and resources to support this important conversation in your congregation, go to elca.org/webcast