“White supremacy has no place in the kingdom of God, only the love and healing of the reign of the Prince of Peace,” asserts ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in social media posts on August 13.

In advance of events in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, the ELCA Virginia Synod shared the following*:

“As members of the [ELCA], we stand against all forms of hatred and discrimination. We believe that cultural, ethnic and racial differences should be seen and celebrated as what God intends them to be – blessings rather than means of oppression and discrimination. We are a church that belongs to Christ, where there is a place for everyone. Christ’s church is not ours to control, nor is it our job to sort, divide, categorize or exclude.

“The ELCA’s social statement, ‘Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture’ states: ‘Racism—a mix of power, privilege, and prejudice—is sin, a violation of God’s intention for humanity. The resulting racial, ethnic, or cultural barriers deny the truth that all people are God’s creatures and, therefore, persons of dignity. Racism fractures and fragments both church and society.’

“We stand in solidarity with clergy and community members who will gather August 12 in Charlottesville to reject the hatred and discrimination of white supremacy.”

The ELCA Conference of Bishops concluded an Aug. 11 prayer with the following**:

May your kingdom come on earth as in heaven. And, we pray, empower us in our own communities to follow their lead as fellow servants to your dream of a community in which all people and their gifts are welcomed and honored, cherished and celebrated as beloved children of a just, merciful and loving God; through Jesus Christ crucified and risen for the life of the world. Amen

*Source: www.vasynod.org/virginia-synod-elca-statement-august-12th-rally-charlottesville-virginia/

**Source: www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7895