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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

Scones & Suds for Juneteenth Thank You

Scones & Suds for Juneteenth Thank You

THANK YOU! Over the last couple of weeks, we have been in partnership with our Apple Valley community members to plan and coordinate the Scone & Carwash fundraisers. We raised over $1500 for the Apple Valley Juneteenth Celebration!!! WAHOO!!It has been so...

Apple Valley Juneteenth Celebration

Apple Valley Juneteenth Celebration

Grace’s Racial Justice Team has joined in to support the Apple Valley Juneteenth Celebration, uplifting and empowering our local black voices. Here’s a bit more about this community event: Unapologetically Black Third Annual Apple Valley Juneteenth...

Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Antisemitic Harassment

Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Antisemitic Harassment

An article published today by Gothamist reveals record numbers of hate incidents against the Jewish community in New York City in the first three months of this year. The data shows a total of 86 incidents were reported since January 1st, making the Jewish community...

Meet the Team

Pastor Jen Collins, David Leuthe, Brian Loe, Kelly Mielke, Ingrid Sampo, Theresa Schulz, Kaitlyn Stock

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.

Articles + Media

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

Anti-Racism Resources

Organizations to Support

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Communituy

For Kids

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

How to Talk To Your Kids About the News & Protect their Sense of Safety