Engage with Our Youth this Week
We have 330+ youth and adults going to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering this week, June 27 – July 1! We invite you to access a prayer booklet put together by our coordinator, Janelle Miller, and lift up everyone participating in what promises to be a life-changing event.
If you’re interested in seeing what our youth are experiencing, you can watch live video from the event. Throughout the week, all video will be available on the Youth Gathering homepage at ELCA.org/gathering.
The ELCA Youth Gathering will be livestreaming (all times CDT):
- MYLE worship: June 26 at 6:45 p.m.
- The tAble worship: June 27 at 10 a.m.
- Daily Bible studies: June 27-30 at 3:30 p.m.
- Mass Gatherings: June 27-30 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday morning worship: July 1 at 10 a.m.
We know the truth
In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton compares her father’s experience following the war to that of African American soldiers. And knowing the truth of such realities, she writes, means “we have to do something about it.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2LuPDjK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xUFYBb.
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Featured Resources for June
Juneteenth and our Shared Humanity
From The Atlantic article, The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth: The most famous Emancipation holiday is more necessary now than it has ever been:
The second-most famous Juneteenth celebration came in 1968, just months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and during the disintegration of the remnants of what could properly be called the Civil-Rights Movement. The holiday exists as a national rather than a local Texan phenomenon today partly because of the decision by King’s associate Ralph Abernathy and widow Coretta Scott King to cut short the posthumous Poor People’s March on June 19 and commemorate it with Juneteenth celebrations. The holiday dispersed through the post-Great Migration black American diaspora as a sort of homegoing for King and the other lives lost to insurgent white supremacist violence. And like many black homegoings, it found a way to fuse sorrow and jubilation. What Abernathy and Coretta Scott King knew was that fusion was the only way to continue the work without breaking.
In the spirit of that 1968 observance, it is clear that now more than ever Juneteenth is a necessary cornerstone of the American tradition, and a worthy public holiday today. It is worthy because of the dizzying contradiction at its core—and all American holidays have at least a touch of contradiction. It is both a second Independence Day and a reminder of ongoing oppression and continuing forms of stricture. It is a memorial to the dead and a remonstrance to those who killed them. It is a clear articulation of the fact that America can never be free until her people are free, and a celebration of the people who have worked to make it so. Juneteenth is the purest distillation of the evils that still plague America, and a celebration of the good people who fought those evils. It is tragedy and comedy, hope and setbacks.
As a national holiday, Juneteenth, immersed as it is both in the canon of old history and in the ongoing struggle for civil rights, would be the only one that celebrates liberty in America as it actually is: delayed.
To learn more of our shared history, please read this History.com article, What Is Juneteenth?, and this PBS.org article from their African American History Blog, What Is Juneteenth? You can also learn more from this SmithsonianMag.com article, Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day.
Living Lutheran tapped The Rev. Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann to write a series of articles to help us understand and begin to shift our world toward real and authentic love for our neighbor. He is adjunct professor of church and society at United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg campus, and holds a Ph.D. in American culture studies. Please take the time to read and pray on these important lessons for us all.
Perspective: When a white man teaches about white fragility (part 1 of 6)
Perspective: The Jefferson litmus test—a cautionary tale in white fragility (part 2 of 6)
Perspective: Youth lead the way in discussing white privilege (part 3 of 6)
Perspective: The strange fruit of Good Friday (part 4 of 6)
Perspective: Yearning for reconciliation is not enough (part 5 of 6)
Perspective: The neighbor we’ve ignored for too long (part 6 of 6)
While God has called and continues to call women of color as leaders in this church, their ministry experiences have often been met with challenges. This Living Lutheran cover story, Called and chosen, shares eight excerpts from “God’s Faithfulness on the Journey,” the ELCA rostered women of color project. The project presents contributors’ stories in their own voices, helping break the silence and celebrate women of color in this church.
We are called to be a publicly engaged church. Download sign templates used at the April rally against racism in D.C. with the National Council of Churches.
Thoughts + prayers + ACTION | Freed in Christ for racial justice
Save the Date
Annual Women’s & Girl’s Retreat
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Hosted by the Women of the ELCA, Our Redeemer, Grand Prairie
Recent Blog Posts
Keeping Families Together, Giving Work to Congress, and Executive Action
(https://www.ntnl.org/keeping-families-together-giving-work-to-congress-executive-action/ – published Jun. 20)
(https://www.ntnl.org/revisiting-my-own-history/ – published Jun. 18)
Interfaith Prayer Service for the Children, June 21, at University Christian Church, Ft Worth
(https://www.ntnl.org/interfaith-prayer-service-for-the-children-june-21-at-university-christian-church-ft-worth/ – published Jun. 23)
Where in the world is?
- Jun. 25 – Evangelical Lutheran Education Association Luncheon
- Jun. 27-Jul 1: 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, Houston, TX
- Jun. 27-Jul 1: 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, Houston, TX
- Jun. 26: Meetings at St. Luke’s, Richardson
- Jul. 1: Community of Hope, Ft. Worth
- Jun. 27-Jul. 1: 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, Houston, TX
- Jul. 19-20: Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) Regional Conference, Richland Hills, TX
- Aug. 11: WELCA Annual Women’s & Girl’s Retreat, Location TBA
- Aug. 28-30: “Undoing Racism” Training Event, Location TBA
- Sep. 1: Bishop Installation for the Southwestern Texas Synod, San Antonio, TX
- Sep. 7: The Bolder Board Training, North Texas
- Sep. 9: “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday
- Sep. 15: PLMA Fall 2018, Course 1, Briarwood
- Sep. 20-22: Synod Council meetings, Briarwood
- Sep. 22: MEF Board meeting, Briarwood
- Sep. 28-30: Addiction & Faith Conference, Bloomington, MN
- Sep. 29: Panhandle Fall Conference: An introduction to The Generosity Project, Wilson, TX
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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