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, June 15th, 6:30-7:45 p.m. 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.
In order to free up synod administrative staff to focus on Assembly prep during May, we will not be holding a Racial Justice Network online gathering. We have been part of rich conversations over the past 9 months. During the month of May, we’d encourage you to learn more about the doctrine of discovery and its consequences for native peoples.
Bp. Jon has recommended the video link below as an excellent resource. This is something you might view individually or in your congregation, depending on local protocols. It is $5 per view on Vimeo – The Doctrine of Discovery, Unmasking the Domination Code.
You can read the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery resolution from the 2016 Churchwide Assembly.
As a study resource, see also the Journal of Lutheran Ethics issue focusing on the doctrine of discovery: Issue: March 2017: Doctrine of Discovery
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
Crossroads – crossroadsantiracism.org/digital-engagement
They list a cost of $100 for each workshop, but you can pay anywhere between $0-100. There are 2 workshops from which to choose: Introduction to Systemic Racism and Cross-cultural Competency. Both of them are 7-hour commitments.
Community Anti-Racism Education (C.A.R.E.) workshops are sponsored frequently by St. Cloud State University. Schedule, dates, and sign-ups are at: Workshops | St. Cloud State University
The next one coming up is: Understanding Racism and Anti-Racism Organizing Introductory Workshop
Monday, May 10, 2021 12:30 PM
ZOOM details will be sent out 24 hours prior to workshop. It is very important you sign up with your email address. Please Note, NO last minute registration/RSVP will be allowed. The workshop details are sent 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Thanks for your partnership. We each begin where we are, where God’s placed us. May God bless the good work you are doing in and through your congregation.
Questions? Please contact Pr. Dee Pederson, D.E.M. at 320-260-5667 or Email
If you would like the previous meeting recordings. Email Kristin Bakeberg. Email
Helpful Upcoming Events:
Crossroads for a Digital Engagement Spring and Summer Workshops
Click here for more information.
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.