Racial Equity Ministry Team

The Racial Equity Ministry Team is commissioned:

  • To build awareness of racial disparities through educational events in our synod
  • To build capacity to connect congregations and individuals in racial equity work
  • To empower congregations and individuals to join actions that promote racial equity in the policies of our synod
  • To equip congregations and individuals to take action to promote racial equity in programs throughout our synod and our communities.

Recent News & Events

Webinar: “Document Detention: Justice for Palestinian Children”  

You’re invited to join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) for a LIVE webinar Monday, July 30, 2018 from 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST. RSVP required!

"On the Misuse of Scripture to Justify Injustice" - WCC Statement

As the crisis surrounding immigration continues to unfold, we, the members of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, raise our voices in protest at the policies being implemented and at the inappropriate appeal to scripture by government officials in support of these policies.

Documents & Resources

Video Links

June 2019

“The USA as a Racial State”

Dr. Pamela Oliver (Professor of Sociology at UW-Madison) presents on racial disparities and collective action movements.

Presented by the SCSW-ELCA Racial Equity Team June 2019

https://youtu.be/ehoaQKpBoMk click below:

April 2019

“Native American Reverence for Land and Water”

Bill Greendeer (Ho Chunk) and Juliee de la Terre (Sacred Water Sacred Land representative) presented on Native American reverence for land and water and their efforts to introduce legislation to give land the rights of a person, allowing others to represent and defend the land’s rights.

Presented by the SCSW-ELCA Racial Equity Team April 2019

https://youtu.be/bgmu-dIt80w click below:

March 2019

“Native American Religions and Restorative Justice”

Michael P. Guéno is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. After graduating with a BA from Louisiana State University, he went on to receive his MA and PhD in Religion from Florida State University. He specializes in American religious history and Native American religions, in particular. He has researched and written on a range on Native American groups and topics – from the Effigy Mound cultures of Wisconsin to the Pueblo religions of colonial New Spain to the relationship between Native American religions and contemporary US legislation.

Presented by the SCSW-ELCA Racial Equity Team March 2019

https://youtu.be/Wd0DOKCIOwU click below:

February 2019

“Racial Equity Workshop on the Racial Cultural Spectrum”

Rev Marilyn Miller and Dr Joyce Caldwell lead a workshop on identifying a racial culture spectrum within a congregation, synod or organization. Each presenter has a rich background in Racial Justice efforts within the ELCA.

Presented by the SCSW-ELCA Racial Equity Team February 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN2YEM11HuIor click below:

December 2018

“Ho Chunk History & Treaty Relations”

Featuring Henning Garvin, a member of the Ho-Chunk council. Henning’s knowledge of Ho-Chunk history and treaty relations with the federal and state governments as well as current life issues for the Ho-Chunk people make him an excellent resource for us.

Presented by the SCSW-ELCA Racial Equity Team December 2018

https://youtu.be/E4fpL_f0gck or click below:

October 2018

“American Genocides Project Dr. Craig Nessan”

One of the central factors fore addressing systemic racism in this country involves dismantling the fundamentally flawed, convention narrative used to interpret U. S. history. According to genocide theory, American history has been decisively marked by two genocides: 1) against the indigenous people of this continent and 2) against enslaved African People. The ELCA in assembly has adopted a resolution to repudiate the doctrine of discovery as one step for addressing this history.

Presented by the SCSW-ELCA Racial Equity Team October 2018

https://youtu.be/E4fpL_f0gck or click below:

September 2018
“Heritage: What to Keep, What to Leave Behind”

One of the hardest things to do in life is to learn what to do with our upbringing – the ways we are connected to and learn from our life and development. Using music and prayer, Francisco Herrera be walks us through how he has answered this question in his own life, and how his undertaking has transformed him as an human being and as a follower and preacher of the Gospel.

Presented by the SCSW-ELCA Racial Equity Team September 2018

https://youtu.be/1ob17A7Co90 or click below:

August 2018
Bridging Borders: Geography, Culture, Race
Reverend Mary Pharmer lived in El Paso, on the Tex/Mex border for the first 3 months of this year.  She volunteered in a house of hospitality for immigrants coming across the border from Mexico and Central America.  Eager to share stories of this time, she has prepared a visual presentation to share at the Racial Equity gathering.

https://youtu.be/1ob17A7Co90 or click below:

July 2018
Justice Through the Lens of the Cross Part 2
”Incarceration and Sacred Space”
Panel Discussion Led by Former Jail Chaplain, Rev. Christa Fisher

Part Two of Our Series on Our State Incarceration System: ”Incarceration and Sacred Space” – an interfaith conversation about sacred space within a fortress of fear.  How are individuals and community formed or deformed by sacred space – a place for worship, learning, healing, beauty, and sanctuary? These and other questions will be addressed by a panel of people with direct worship experience within the Dane County Jail. Plans for the new jail do not include a designated multi-faith sacred space. Learn why the blue print must be amended and how you can help make this happen.

https://youtu.be/lJ0xzk7PU_k or click below:

June 2018
Justice through the lens of the Cross Part 1
“The Realities of Incarceration”
This is the first of a two part series. The July gathering will include a panel  discussion.

Rev. Christa Fisher shares a close look inside our state Incarceration system. Her presentation explores the Trinity of Oppression (Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Racism) as lived out in the Dane County Jail, home to 16,000 people each year – nearly all of whom are poor, and a majority of which are racial minorities. Through personal insights from her 5-years providing spiritual care inside the Dane County Jail, Rev. Fisher offers illuminating and insightful stories that force us to reexamine this system of “Justice” through the lens of the Cross.

https://youtu.be/NUqF_m_WBEY or click below:

May 2018
Reconciliation

Presentation by Dr. Rev. Allan Bosek, an Anti-Apartheid Activist, former President of the World Alliance of Churches and currently serves as the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Butler University. 

https://youtu.be/BhqR5cwWHmU or click below:

April 2018
Journey of Immigration & Citizenship: A Personal Story
A personal story of immigration and the path to citizenship by a member of our SCSW-ELCA family. Rev. Erich Hartenberger (St. John’s, North Freedom) and his wife Deazy will share their personal story of Deazy’s immigration and the often-complicated path to citizenship.

https://youtu.be/-FUHDJgKTXs or click below:

March 2018
The River of Struggle: Black Life in the Americas – Part 3

Part 3 of 3-part series by Rev. Stephen Marsh presenting on the history of African kingdoms prior to the slave trade, the Middle Passage and the slave trade, history of slavery in the United States and its aftermath.

https://youtu.be/NCc1bblUoB0 or click below:

February 2018
The River of Struggle: Black Life in the Americas – Part 2

Part 2 of 3-part series by Rev. Stephen Marsh presenting on the history of African kingdoms prior to the slave trade, the Middle Passage and the slave trade, history of slavery in the United States and its aftermath.
https://youtu.be/yHDPGY9Lr84 or click below:

December 2017
 AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities)
Presentation by Mary Campbell, J.D. on the ELCA program that accompanies and offers support to minors and families who are immigrating to the United States for many reasons.
https://youtu.be/xlssNIhl5Z4 or click below:

November 2017
Indian Nations: History & Cultural Underpinnings of the Oneida Nation
Presentation by Donna Butler and George Swamp featuring books written by relatives of each with a focus on the history and cultural underpinnings of the Oneida nation.
https://youtu.be/uK0FooVaFqc or click play below:

Video: “Honor the Reformation’s African roots”
The revelation that Ethiopian Christianity possibly had links to Protestant Reformation is a game-changer for what is generally thought to be an exclusively European…