Radically Inclusive

People matter. Lives matter.

When people in our local communities couldn’t get enough to eat, how did we as a church respond? We worked with local food banks and offered community meals.

Our church stood up and said people in poverty matter.

When refugees impacted by war needed sponsors in the US, how did we as a church respond?  We opened our homes and invited these refugee families into our lives, helping them find housing and jobs and educational opportunities.

Our church stood up and said refugee lives matter.

When there was an orphanage in Mexico who needed help keeping their doors open to care for the orphans, how did we as a church respond? We sent groups of our youth and leaders to Mexico year after year to help care for an orphanage in need.

Our church stood up and said orphaned lives matter.


When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, how did we as a church respond?
 We gave over $40,000 and sent mission teams to Haiti to help those in need.

Our church stood up and said Haitian lives matter.


When people didn’t have a place to sleep, how did we as a church respond?
 We opened our doors to the homeless.

Our church stood up and said unhoused lives matter.

When our sister church in El Salvador needed a new place to worship, how did we as a church respond? We built them a church.

Our church stood up and said Salvadoran lives matter.


When it was brought to our attention that there was a global crisis of hunger, how did we as a church respond? We became the leading donors in the ELCA to World Hunger.

Our church stood up and said hungry lives matter.


And when we live in a country that through its systems and injustices proves time and time again that Black lives matter less than white lives, how will we, as a church respond? 

Our church will stand up and say Black lives matter.

I think the difficult part is that for all those other lives we have stood up for, there has been a clear action to take.

And we are a church of action: grace in ACTION!


So how do we stand up in action now that we’ve agreed Black lives matter to our church?

As a church, we shouldn’t be taking a backseat on anti-racism work.

We should be wrestling with it.
Having the difficult conversations.
Listening, learning, and together discovering how we can take action to protect Black lives the way we as a church take action to protect all those who suffer under oppression.


We must take ACTION in order to fulfill our vision of being a radically inclusive multicultural community who serve and lead together with the love of Jesus.

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