The SW MN Synod Racial Justice Network is a combination of conversations and work.
Besides growing through education and offering statements and prayers,
we believe we are also called to act and respond to injustices.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30-8:00pm If you would like to be part of this work, but haven’t signed up to receive communications, please click here. All are welcome. RSVP to get the meeting Zoom link.
The focus of our time together will be helping to fill one another’s cup through conversation and encouragement, as well as to inspire one another to continue the good and important work we are doing of standing in solidarity with our neighbors. As we prepare for our meeting this next week, we have an assignment for you. Please read the following article “Not Racist’ Is Not Enough” by Life Kit NPR (or listen to it as a podcast!) After reading the article, and prior to our meeting, reflect on one thing that you can do to enter into the work of anti-racism.
Thanks for your partnership. May God bless the good work you are doing in and through your congregation.
Questions? Please contact Bishop Dee Pederson Email
If you would like the previous meeting recordings. Email Kristin Bakeberg. Email
There is an abundance of anti-racism resources available these days to move us forward in learning and work. Here are a few to share:
-LEAD Website: waytolead.org/anti-racism-resources
-True Tuesdays has updated their website: true-tuesdays.com
-Also from True Tuesdays: News & Resources – Welcoming America
–Rural Communities Equity Action Guide
–What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People, by Verna Myers
–Me and White Supremacy
Helpful Upcoming Events:
Crossroads for a Digital Engagement Spring and Summer Workshops
Critical Cultural Competency Workshop
This workshop is designed to help participants create the spaces to be self-reflective about our cultural shaping as individuals and institutions, understand the power dynamics in society that impact us, develop the skills to interrupt old patterns and inequitable practices that limit access and exclude some people from our institutions, build trust and clear communication and begin to understand how to make decisions based on multiple perspectives where all people can be heard and represented.