Anti-Racism

  • A live Go-Go band performs for a crowd outside on a sunny day. The banner behind the band reads Long Live Go-Go

    Go-Go Video & Discussion

     

    Sunday, Feb. 25

    Noon – 1 PM

    GSLC lounge, across from the worship space


    In honor of the 2024 Black History Month theme, African Americans and the Arts, we’ll watch portions of Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington to learn about Go-Go music, a genre that originated in DC. Join us!

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  • The Sun Does Shine

     

    Book Discussion

    Sunday, March 17

    12:15 PM

    GSLC lounge, across from the worship space


    Author Talk

    Monday, March 18

    7 PM

    GSLC lounge or online


    Join us for one or both events! Pick up a copy of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton in the GSLC lobby (pay what you can) or buy online—either the original version (orange) or the young readers edition (blue).


    This year, Anthony Ray Hinton will give the annual Nolde Human Rights Lecture at United Lutheran Seminary, sharing his story and discussing the changes needed to prevent similar injustices. Join us in person at GSLC to watch the livestream with others or register to watch online.


    Questions? Contact Vicar Amy

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  • Now and Forever Windows

     

    April 2024

    Washington National Cathedral


    We’re planning a visit to see the Now and Forever stained glass windows that were dedicated at the National Cathedral in September. The windows were created by acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall and are accompanied by a poem written by Elizabeth Alexander. The Now and Forever windows replaced the Lee-Jackson windows that were removed after a deliberative process by the Cathedral.


    Stay tuned for more details!


    Questions? Contact Corinne Baker

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  • Learn, Reflect, Pray, Act

     

    Go to resources for:


    Kids & Talking with Kids


    Older Youth & Adults

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Resources

We share the information and resources below as a part of our journey to learn and grapple with America's racial past and present. We seek to be an intentional part of building racial equity and justice that leads at last to the beloved community.

For Kids & Talking with Kids

Social Story for George Floyd (for pre-K/kindergarten students)

GSLC member, Dora Cottrol, created this video for her students and their parents that introduces the social story shared online after George Floyd was murdered in May 2020.


Talking About Race and Racism with Children

A collection of resources from Christine V. Hides’ website, Weaving Faith into Everyday Life, shared by our education coordinator, Denise Steene.


Racial Justice Resources: Justice for Black Lives

A variety of resources curated by the NEA EdJustice, a program of the National Education Association.


Alexandria Black History Museum

This local museum offers a variety of ongoing and periodic exhibitions, events and programming for kids, youth and adults with a focus on Alexandria’s local Black history. In particular, look for Storytime with Young Historians in upcoming events, regularly held on Saturday mornings.

Sesame Street Townhall on Racism


EmbraceRace: Raising a Brave Generation

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Talking Kids & Race webinars + online resources & articles organized around four goals to meet the challenge of raising children in a world where race matters:

  • Nurture resilience in children of color
  • Nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all stripes
  • Raise kids who think critically about racial inequity
  • Support a movement of kid and adult racial justice advocates for all children

Talking About Race Web Portal

Resources for educators, parents/caregiver and people committed to equity curated by the National Museum of African American History & Culture

For Older Youth & Adults

 

Watch/Videos

A Vigil for Healing & Understanding

Journeying into Holy Week: This 24-hour online vigil, hosted in April 2022 by the Metro DC ELCA Synod Racial Equity Team, focused on healing, understanding and celebration of the multitude of cultures of our church.

Part One || Part Two || Part Three


A Prophetic Call to the Church

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s call to action to the Church and fellow clergy the 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail is grievously and regrettably relevant over 50 years later. In honor of Dr. King’s dedication to reforming the Church and American culture, listen to the African American voices of rostered leaders of the ELCA once again asserting a call for action to the Church by reading his prophetic call.


Emanuel documentary film, June 2019

Emanuel Film Discussion Guide


Young, Gifted and Black in the ELCA


Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA? by Pastor Lenny Duncan Part I | Part II


Sermon by guest preacher Rev. Lamont Wells

Feb. 25, 2018: Educational forum, unity service with Rev. Lamont Wells, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission at the Metropolitan NY Synod and President of the African Descent Lutheran Association


A Conversation on Juneteenth
ASALH featuring Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed


Color Blind or Color Brave?

TED Talk by Mellody Hobson


Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

PBS Series - watch full episodes online

Read/Book, Articles

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. by Pastor Lenny Duncan


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Racial injustices in the United States penal system


Multiethnic Conversations: An eight-week journey toward unity in your church by Mark DeYmaz and Oneya Fennell Okuwobi


Synod Council Letter: Racial reckoning. Lament. Recommitment

Oct. 7, 2020

Reflections/Faith Talks

Learn About Juneteenth

The people behind the integration of Alexandria Public Schools by Jim McElhatton  

Article Discussions - 2018

Crisis in Black Education - Black History Theme 2017   

Implicit bias test


Letter to My Son, adapted from Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic

About

Guided by GSLC's August 2015 resolution, Our Response to Racism and the Murders at the Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC, Good Shepherd’s Anti-Racism Team provides intentional forums to:

  • Learn about the experiences, tragedies and triumphs of our African American siblings through history and to today.
  • Explore and prayerfully reflect on racism, white privilege and unconscious bias.
  • Stand with those who face discrimination.
  • Act to end racism.

GSLC Anti-Racism Team annual reports (pdf)

Have questions or want to get involved?

Contact Corinne Berkseth Baker, Anti-Racism Team Chair

  • Banner Dedication

    We Believe That Black Lives Matter


    Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8


    We invite you to join us every day as we work to live into this declaration.

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  • Dedication of

    Jesus of the People by Janet McKenzie

    In the mystery and wonder of God, we are each created unique and in the image of God. Jesus of the People is a reminder that envisioning God is like looking in a mirror and seeing all of God's children in our reflection.

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  • Resolution

    Our Response to Racism

    Good Shepherd adopted this statement and began an intentional anti-racism journey in 2015 in response to the murders of 9 African Americans in their church by a White man, confirmed in the ELCA, who stated he wanted to start a race war.

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Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another? Malachi 2:10