Social Ministry

A Dialogue on Racism, Tuesday, Sept. 1 & 15, 7PM

For Zoom info contact: Denise Cole

Initiative about Anti-Racism

The Social Ministry hosted its first congregation-wide discussion on Zoom about anti-racism on August 11. We had a fantastic turnout of 20 people and a great initial discussion about our understanding of racism and expectations from the group. See the word cloud below! We’ll be meeting to discuss actions we can take as individuals and as a congregation at 7 PM every first and third Tuesday of the month via Zoom.

Please send your email address to to be added to the invitation list. In the meantime, visit to learn about ELCA initiatives and resources to end racism, sign the Racial Justice Pledge, and share your participation on social media. #ELCA4justice

—Denise Cole, chair

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

—Colossians 3:17

Book Group Discussion

“Dear Martin” Book Study: Wed., Sept. 23, 7PM via Zoom

Discussion led by The Rev. Peggy Marks

The anti-racism group of Social Ministry invites you to join with members of SMLC as we read and begin learning more about racism in ourselves, our communities, our workplaces and, yes, in our congregation. “Dear Martin” is a young adult novel, written by Nic Stone, loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. One critic said the book is a “powerful, wrenching, and compulsively readable story that lays bare the history, and the presence of racism in America.” It is available for under $6 on Amazon

“Dear Church” Book Study: Wed. Oct. 28, 7PM via Zoom

Discussion led by The Rev. Peggy Marks

This book is totally different from our read in September. The subtitle of the book is “A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US.” Author, Lenny Duncan is an ELCA pastor and writes a message we all need to hear. I purchased my copy on Amazon, but I am sure it is available in many other places. Come and join us.

—Rev. Peggy Marks