A Few Good Videos
"Mass Incarceration: How Racial Inequality Shapes Criminal Justice," a film recently released by the Equal Justice Initiative. Follow the link to their website, that also includes other interesting videos and learning opportunities.
"Sights and Sounds from Rally to End Racism," held on April , 2018, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Eye-opening NBC Interview from 1967 with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., where he discusses the "struggle for genuine equality."
"White Like Me" by Tim Wise, explores the continued prominence of racism through the prism of white privilege.
"13th" by Ava DuVernay, refers to the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and examines racism in the U.S. justice system.
"What's In Your Wallet" by Dr. Walter Brueggenmann, for a look at what the Bible says about money.
A Few Good Reads
"What Does Poverty Feel Like to a Child?" by Beverly Gologorsky & TomDispatch
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Tears We Cannot Stop" by Michael Eric Dyson
"A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present" by Howard Zinn
"Citizen: An American Lyric," by Claudia Rankine
"Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society," by John A. Powell
"Every Black Person Has Had A ‘Starbucks Moment'," recent article by Benjamin L. Crump. Remember how two customers were treated while waiting for a business meeting to begin (April 2018).
And Some Interesting Podcasts
Listen to "Implicit Bias," from the Putting Racism on the Table Podcast Series in Podcasts.
Faith Action Network
We Justice Seekers have been learning more about Faith Action Network (FAN). After months of presentations and learning opportunities at CTS, our congregation voted in May to join FAN as a "Supporting Faith Community!"
The Rev. Kirby Unti, recently-retired Bishop of our Northwest Washington Synod, is one of the prominent faith leaders who is on FAN’s Interfaith Leaders Council.
FAN came into being in 2011 at the union of the Washington Association of Churches (WAC), an historical ecumenical agency, and the Lutheran Public Policy Office (LPPO), the highly effective advocacy arm of the Stateʼs largest Protestant denomination. FAN now builds a more powerful force for change. The merger opened the door for other faith communities to partner in this interfaith movement for the common good.
FAN's mission is to be a faith-inspired statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action.
Advocacy: The ELCA is Connecting Faith and Public Life
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. God uses our hands, through our direct service work and our voices, through our advocacy efforts, to restore and reconcile our world. Through faithful advocacy, the ELCA lives out our Lutheran belief that governments can help advance the common good.
ELCA advocacy works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs and projects around the world and in communities across the United States. We work through political channels on behalf of the following biblical values: peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, and concern for people living in poverty and struggling with hunger and disease.
Black Churches Matter
At a recent adult forum hour at our church, we watched "Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA?" part 1 and part 2, which generated a lot of discussion and desire to follow through with action on our part. A possible next step would be to begin and nourish a relationship with one of the ministries we learned about in the documentary (LIFE Ministry), and its leader, Pastor Linda Manson. Below is a great, short video about some of what they've accomplished on a shoe-string budget.