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Addressing Racism and White Supremacy

The Synod Office is sharing sermons offered by our Virginia Synod Rostered Ministers that address the current protests that are occurring across the nation following the recent murders of Black Americans including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, and George Floyd.

Day of Remembrance and Repentance

On June 17th, 2015, Dylann Roof, a member on the rolls of St. Paul Lutheran Church – ELCA, entered Mother Emanuel AME  church in Charleston, SC for a prayer meeting. He proceeded to shoot and kill nine of the people in attendance in an act born of white supremacy and racial hatred.
Last summer, at our Churchwide assembly, the ELCA voted and approved a resolution to set aside June 17th as a Day of Remembrance and Repentance for the Emanuel 9. Acting on this resolution, the Virginia Synod’s Tapestry team hosted a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, and you can watch the recording of this meeting.

Authorized by this Synod’s congregations in 2003, Tapestry’s mission is to empower congregations in the Virginia Synod to be Ambassadors for Christ in matters of diversity and inclusion, walking with God, and guided by the Holy Spirit to bring healing, reconciliation, and justice.  Tapestry provides resources, facilitates conversations, and fosters networking across the Synod in order to advocate for God’s desire to weave a rich and diverse Body of Christ!

Resources are grouped for ease of access, however we recognize that justice ministries are intersectional.

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Email: bayerderrick@vasynod.org
Phone: 540-389-1000

The Rev. Heidi David-Young
Tapestry Team Chair
Email: heididavidyoung955@gmail.com

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Do Justice is a bi-monthly newsletter of the Virginia Synod,  lifting up God’s call and command that we, God’s people, do justice. You will find helpful info about justice ministries in congregations, around Virginia, and through the ELCA. If you have stories of justice to share from your congregation, please share those with The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick, Assistant to the Bishop at bayerderrick@vasynod.org so we share them with others in the synod!

For a full archive of Do Justice newsletters, visit www.vasynod.org/do-justice

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