Background and summary
Pastor Kessinger’s May 28, 2020 email letter to the Redeemer community noted how
the response to the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minnesota has raised the many
issues of inequity experienced by people of color in this country. She offered the
opportunity of a shared discussion of the ELCA’s social statement* entitled “Race, Ethnicity,
and Culture” as a way to inform ourselves of the many issues involved and to identify ways
in which we can be part of the solutions in areas where we have special interests.
During the remainder of 2020 about 25 people participated in ongoing Zoom discussion
sessions; the sessions continue on a monthly basis. The group chose the name For Love of
God and Neighbor: Anti-Racism Ministry Team. Others who are interested can contact
Pastor Kessinger to be added to this discussion group.
Resources identified by participants have been added to this part of Redeemer’s
website; others will be added.
Book groups are reading and discussing some of the recommended books listed on this
part of Redeemer’s website. Interested persons can contact Pastor Kessinger to be added
to a current group’s discussion.
Plans are being made for 2021 Lenten Bible studies that will focus on Scripture passages
regarding immigration, separation and inclusion, and political/social/economic justice.
Factors contributing to inequity
- Environmental and Climate Justice Article
- Education [content to be added]
- Economic Data Article
- Health [content to be added]
- Public policy [content to be added]
Actions to take
- Educate Ourselves - Acting Against Racism Conversation Guide
- Join a Redeemer book/discussion group
- Support minority-owned businesses
- Be an advocate - Websites for following government activities - Virginia Federal State Officials
- Support organizations