When you picture a Lutheran, who do you see? Do you see an older White gentleman reading the first lesson with a slight German accent? Do you see a young Black man volunteering at Vacation Bible School in jeans and a hoodie.
Perhaps you picture an Indian woman proudly dressed in a sari ready to lead her church in the prayers of the people. Or do you see a Black pastor standing at the altar ready to lead their congregation in the service of Word and Sacrament. These are all portraits of Lutherans.
By God’s grace, may our efforts bring lasting change to racism and white supremacy and racial injustices in our world and within the ELCIC. Through these relationships, may we let go of narratives that no longer serve us and embrace multifaceted stories that make room for all to belong and flourish in their full, God-given self-expression.
The January-February 2021 issue of Canada Lutheran zeros in on the heightened focus of systemic racism towards BIPOC peoples in relation to The Lutheran Church. In celebrating February as Black History Month, Canada Lutheran aims to look at life through a variety of Black lenses.