Antiracism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: An Ongoing Dialogue

Who is The Reverend Jehu Jones, and why are we being asked to learn about him?¨ How does a mission congregation that “failed” almost 90 years ago impact us today?¨ What is the ELCA-NJ Synod Bishop’s 2021-22 Challenge all about? We invite you to explore these questions with us during the upcoming months.

Key opportunities include:

  • Oct. 17,11AM: Pastor Eric will lead an activity featuring Black Lutheran Leaders
  • Nov. 7, 11AM: “Videos + Discussion” We’ll watch together and then discuss a couple short videos
  • December: Quilting activity for the family (No experience necessary!)
  • Early 2022: Book discussion of The Warmth of Other Sunsby Isabel Wilkerson
  • Lent 2022: Movie Night!

On a related note…At Pastor Eric’s request, the entire offering received during his installation service is going toward the Bishop’s 2021-22 Challenge. According to the NJ-ELCA website, “All funds raised will support educational opportunities for emerging leaders of African descent, including (but not limited to) internships, camp, and international travel and will be administered through the NJ Synod.”

Regarding our “Reading Suggestions” list posted on the website…

We welcome and encourage your feedback! Let us know what you thought about anything you’ve read, or if you know of any other good resources (including books, videos, podcasts, etc.) that we should add to this list. Please send your comments, questions, suggestions to Sue Kuhn and Max Frable.

Finally, as a reminder…This “antiracism discussion group” is an informal, unofficial collection of folks that each have a desire to gather and wrestle with this subject matter. Every participant comes with their own unique life experiences and perspectives. This ongoing conversation is further enriched when a variety of views and opinions are expressed, and yours are always welcome. We continue to gather via Zoom once a month to discuss, brainstorm and plan opportunities for the congregation and community. Feel free to pop in, especially if you have a suggestion or burning question. Let us know what’s on your mind.—Max Frable, Coordinator