Emanuel's Anti-Racism Statement
The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to confront racism in our individual lives, in society, and especially in Church.
We are particularly concerned about institutional racism—the combination of prejudice and the institutional power to enforce the prejudice. We understand that confronting racism requires more than changing individual attitudes; it requires structural change in institutions and communities.
Like most Lutheran Churches, Emanuel is predominantly white. As such, a central part of our Christian response is to recognize and challenge the realities of white privilege, and to ally ourselves with people of color. We strive to become faithful witnesses to God who has created all people to the image and likeness of God.
We seek to make real our commitment to dismantle racism through worship, Christian education, social ministry, and partnerships with our community.