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Jesus calls us to justice.

Jesus calls us to be disciples. But what does it mean to be a disciple? Colossians sums up the work of discipleship as living our lives rooted and built in faith. In simple terms, it is to live our lives as a continuation of Jesus himself.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God”. Micah 6:8

As we walk through the world with Jesus, we are called as disciples to live in God’s image. As everyday Christians, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God are often the forms we take in the world. We love our neighbors as ourselves. We practice graciousness, forgiveness, and openness toward others. Yet what may be overlooked in this aim toward discipleship is to act justly. The active perusal of justice is at the cornerstone of Christianity, and Jesus calls us to be his disciples in this work.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.
Matthew 22:37-40

At Grace Lutheran Church, we have taken steps to be a people and place where generosity and graciousness abound. We have committed, in God’s image, to welcome all people into the house of Christ. We have grounded ourselves in belonging, community, and grace.

In November of 2016, we voted to become a Reconciling in Christ Congregation, a safe and welcoming community supporting LGBTQIA+ communities. This proclamation holds space for learning, listening, and supporting our members and broader community members within LGBTQIA+ spaces, with the goal of sharing God’s vision that all are welcome in this place.

Now, Grace looks toward expanding our efforts for inclusion, welcoming, growing, and serving. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. So, how can we be better neighbors to our neighbors?

The Grace Lutheran Church Racial Justice Group invites you to join us as we walk with Christ in learning, growing, listening, and praying for racial equality. We believe that all of God’s children are created in his image, yet we understand that there are differences in the way God’s children are heard, treated, and afforded opportunities based on their racial identity. Our goal is to walk with Christ, in learning about systemic racism, growing in our cultural understanding, and advocating for racial equality, and we ask you to join us in acting justly, loving mercifully, and walking humbly with God.

Below, you’ll find the latest news and updates on the racial justice journey we’re on together at Grace, a list of resources including things to read, watch, and listen to, and you’ll meet our Racial Justice Team.

 

The Latest News & Opportunities on our Racial Justice Journey

Opportunities to talk, learn, grow, and make real steps toward real healing and reconciliation in our world today

Emergency Response for our Cities

Emergency Response for our Cities

See the need. Meet the need. And have communion too! How we’re helping our neighborsCollection 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  ·  Grace Parking Lot As we enter into a tragic situation like we are, things can and tend to move and need to be fluid. Thank you...

Indian Boarding School Presentation

Indian Boarding School Presentation

Part One: Saturday, April 17th from 3 PM – 5 PMPart Two: Saturday, May 8th from 9:00 – 11:00 AM Led by Vance Blackfox this presentation will give participants a more in-depth understanding of the history and harms of Indian Boarding Schools, the role of the...

Healing our City: Virtual Prayer Tent

Healing our City: Virtual Prayer Tent

The letter and invitation below is from Pastor Kelly Chatman, founder and director at the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement. He and his team are working with Grace to guide, inform, and activate our shared energy in the work for racial justice in our...

Meet the Team

Pastor Jen Collins · Brittany Barkus · Laura Schulz · Theresa Schulz · Jennifer Reinan · Natalie Cherne · Dave Leuthe

Resources to make a difference and to become different

Books

Cover to cover, these books will help us see things in a new way as these incredible stories both inspire and challenge us.

Media

Things to watch and listen to that peak our curiosity and make us as consequential questions.

For Kids

We have a lot to learn and a lot to teach. Kids can help us with both.