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Message on Racial Justice in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 26 March AD 2012 | Mark S. Hanson

Posted on 03/27/2012 4:03:10 PM PDT by lightman

Message on Racial Justice in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death

from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson

In the wake of Trayvon Martin's tragic death, I call upon members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to join in public lament and to ask searching questions as we renew our commitment to act courageously and to work tirelessly for racial justice.

With all who mourn Trayvon's death we cry, "Lord, have mercy." For all who suffer the wounds that racism and violence infect we pray, "Christ, have mercy." For our turning God's gift of diversity into cause for distrust and division we plead, "Lord, have mercy." Who is more equipped to lament such agony, rather than deny it, than a people of the cross who trust that ultimately the power of God's love will reign?

May the sorrow and anger surrounding Trayvon's death move us to ask searching questions. How much longer shall any young person live in fear (and be feared) because of the color of their skin? Are we who are white ready to confront and lay down our power and privilege for the sake of a more just and inclusive society? Are we as a nation ready to reform our criminal justice system which "the cumulative effects of bias in the system as a whole have led to intolerably harmful effects on minority communities" ("ELCA Draft Social Statement on Criminal Justice").

Trayvon's death has emboldened the movement for racial justice. It calls for commitment from us. Now is the time for us as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to live up to the commitments we made in the social statement, "Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture" (1993). We said we will "model an honest engagement with issues of race, ethnicity and culture, by being a community of mutual conversation, mutual correction, and mutual consolation" and further that we will "participate in identifying the demands of justice, and work with others who would have justice for all."

Trayvon's death calls us to act courageously and to work tirelessly for racial justice. Such courage comes from the confidence of faith trusting that "he [Christ Jesus] is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us" (Ephesians 2:14 NRSV).

Let us together courageously engage in God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities. Let us together pursue justice and work for peace no matter how long the journey or wide the chasm. Let us tear down the walls we erect to divide us and turn those walls into tables of conversation and reconciliation.

In this season of Lent, let us repent and be turned by God toward our neighbor. Let us humbly confess that racism, both blatant and subtle, denies the reconciling work of the cross. Let us trust in God’s promise of forgiveness that frees us from the enslavement of racism. Let us live in the power and promise of Christ’s resurrection.

In God's grace,

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson Presiding Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: elca; lutheran; racebaiting; trayvonmartin; treyvon
Picture that accompanies the Presiding Bishop's statement on the ELCA web site:


1 posted on 03/27/2012 4:03:17 PM PDT by lightman
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To: lightman

Hanson is one of the most evil men in history.


2 posted on 03/27/2012 4:05:49 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Bulls!!! Go Blackhawks!!!)
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To: aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...


Lutheran (ELCA) Ping!

Lutheran (EL C S*A) Ping!

* as of August 19, AD 2009, a liberal protestant SECT, not part of the holy, catholic and apostolic CHURCH.

Keep a Good Lent!

3 posted on 03/27/2012 4:06:03 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: lightman

Racial Justice? Does that have anything to do with Justice Justice?


4 posted on 03/27/2012 4:06:34 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: lightman

Racism is a travesty. NO ONE should die due to racist attitudes, NO ONE should die because they are in the wrong gang or group, and NO ONE should die due because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I am thankful, however, that I am NOT a member of the ELCA. They are as bad as the rest in only seeing one side of the story and pushing it.


5 posted on 03/27/2012 4:07:26 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Tublecane

He spouts this

With all who mourn Trayvon’s death we cry, “Lord, have mercy.” For all who suffer the wounds that racism and violence infect we pray, “Christ, have mercy.”

while the black panthers are putting out bounties.


6 posted on 03/27/2012 4:09:54 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: lightman; patriot08; FReepers
'Social Justice' this, you gutless pandering @ss kisser !

Couple met and married within a month and stayed together for 65 years ... only to be parted after home invader beat wife to death

7 posted on 03/27/2012 4:10:03 PM PDT by tomkat (FU.baraq !)
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To: All
Some good comments on the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, especially this one about the recent epidemic of homicides in Chicago, home to the ELCA front office:

http://www.alpb.org/forum/index.php?topic=4409.msg258698#msg258698

March 21 – Ramon Salgado, a 22 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in South Lawndale.
March 21 – Deon Freeman, a 26 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in West Englewood.
March 21 – Ricky Brown, a 30 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Englewood.
March 20 – Michael Gillespie, a 24 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Washington Heights.
March 19 – Andre Pierce, a 34 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Near West Side.
March 18 – George Marrero, a 27 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in Humboldt Park.
March 18 – Celestino Nuevo, a 58 year old white male, caused by a assault in Albany Park.
March 18 – Bert Lindsey, a 36 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Auburn Gresham.
March 18 – Equilla Coleman, a 24 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in New City.
March 17 – Aliyah Shell, a 6 year old white female, caused by a gunshot in South Lawndale.
March 17 – Jeremy Anthony, a 24 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Woodlawn.
March 17 – Vincent Fitts, a 22 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Greater Grand Crossing.
March 17 – Adrian Cruz, a 24 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in Chicago Lawn.
March 16 – Joel Sanroman, a 42 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in Gage Park.
March 16 – Anthony Scott, a 19 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in West Ridge.
March 14 – Gustavo Reyes, a 19 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in West Lawn.
March 14 – Ronald Guidry, a 26 year old black male, caused by a gunshot in South Chicago.
March 14 – Johnny Vargas, a 19 year old white male, caused by a gunshot in South Lawndale.

And the Presiding Bishop said?

{{Crickets}}

8 posted on 03/27/2012 4:11:24 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: All
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9 posted on 03/27/2012 4:12:38 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: lightman

This wolf does not have Christ in him. He is leading lambs to the slaughter.


10 posted on 03/27/2012 4:13:42 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: lightman

Emerging facts about this case are rendering the Presiding Bishop’s comments nearly as irrelavent as the ELCA itself.


11 posted on 03/27/2012 4:14:19 PM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: lightman

I’d like to know where I can get some of that “power and privilege” I am supposed to have.


12 posted on 03/27/2012 4:14:25 PM PDT by Jvette
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To: Jvette
I’d like to know where I can get some of that “power and privilege” I am supposed to have.

Viagra?

13 posted on 03/27/2012 4:18:23 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: lightman

LOL, not that kind of power, that everyone can get.

I mean the kind that I, as a white American, am supposed to “lay aside” for justice.

Since, I don’t have any power or privilege, I thought maybe there was some place I was supposed to go and get it and non one told me where it is.


14 posted on 03/27/2012 4:22:35 PM PDT by Jvette
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To: Dengar01; mickie
Yes, Hanson IS an evil man. Let him search his own soul and stay out of mine!

Mass guilt is a marxist, collectivist, communistic concept. The Left wallows in it....and uses it as a destructive weapon (as Hanson did in the above statement) against normal people going about their own businesses and lives.

He spreads the gospel of collective guilt which blames capitalism, Western civilization and "unjust political, social and economic conditions" for everything that goes wrong (in his opinion) from gas prices to the death of a Florida teen. He and his ilk explain all black problems as the "legacy of slavery".

He is what Lenin termed "a useful idiot."

Leni

15 posted on 03/27/2012 4:29:25 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Jvette
I mean the kind that I, as a white American, am supposed to “lay aside” for justice.

Strange thing is, accused gunman Zimmerman is 1/2 Hispanic. I suppose he is only 50% tainted, then.

16 posted on 03/27/2012 4:33:43 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: lightman

The whiteness of a mixed race person is dependent on which side of the coin you are looking at.

Obama is good, therefore his whiteness is of no importance.

Zimmerman is bad, therefore his whiteness is of ALL importance.


17 posted on 03/27/2012 4:43:30 PM PDT by Jvette
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To: lightman

Show me an evil, lying commie with a cleric’s collar on and I’ll show you an evil, lying commie.


18 posted on 03/27/2012 4:47:20 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Reo
Emerging facts about this case are rendering the Presiding Bishop’s comments nearly as irrelavent as the ELCA itself.

The Presiding Bishop's comments are not irrelevant. They are evil. Evil is never irrelevant, least of all when emanating from a Presiding Bishop.

19 posted on 03/27/2012 4:50:54 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: madison10

“NO ONE should die due to racist attitudes, NO ONE should die because they are in the wrong gang or group, and NO ONE should die due because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

I’m gonna go ahead and extend that to no one should die at the hands of another, unless the other is justified by self-defense.


20 posted on 03/27/2012 4:52:24 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane
Racial Justice? Does that have anything to do with Justice Justice?

Yes. Racial Justice is the precise opposite of Justice Justice.

21 posted on 03/27/2012 4:53:39 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: MinuteGal; lightman
Yeah I stand by my original statement that Hanson is one of the most evil men in the world. I met the man at an event and he came off as Bill Ayers wearing a frock.

He basically stands for the opposite of everything stated in the Bible. The man only cares about the humanist "Social Justice" which is incorporating Marxist teaching into the Church while weeding out real Scripture.

This men is leading many souls to damnation, you have my word on that. Anyone who supports this creep is disgusting. Hundreds of Churches have fled the ELCA, so this guy changes the rules to make it more difficult to leave the ELCA.

I have no pity when this man meets his maker...

22 posted on 03/27/2012 5:07:34 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Bulls!!! Go Blackhawks!!!)
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To: lightman

Eff the evangelical lutherans and the horse they rode in on


23 posted on 03/27/2012 5:08:09 PM PDT by Figment
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To: lightman; Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj
NO ONE even in Chicago is talking about all the murders that have occurred.

It's sad but true, but when the temperature gets above 80 that's when the 40 ounces come out and the guns are blazing.

It is an absolute fact. The folks I pinged can verify that.

It's like the OWS creeps. They crawl under a rock when winter hits, as soon as the weather gets better, it's time to destroy Zucchini Park!!! Well in Chicago, the gang bangers start shooting people.

But since it is blacks killing people, we can't talk about that, otherwise we are "racists".

24 posted on 03/27/2012 5:10:58 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Bulls!!! Go Blackhawks!!!)
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To: lightman
Leftist trash.

How much longer shall any young person live in fear (and be feared) because of the color of their skin? Are we who are white ready to confront and lay down our power and privilege for the sake of a more just and inclusive society?

In the eyes of the Left, Black people are forever poor broke shivering little creatures who need their help. Ie, the White Man's Burden.

I am no Man's burden.

25 posted on 03/27/2012 6:12:38 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: MinuteGal

This really bothers me. I am a member of the church. Not a good member, but I was confirmed in it 54 years ago and I still attend several times a year. The message of the Gospel is to individuals, not to groups, just as the the Bill of Rights is for individuals, not groups. If the bishop was to make a statement condemning crimes and transgressions of the 10 commandments he would be on solid ground. But he has no more business commenting on any racial aspect of this situation than Obama does.
This emphasis on white guilt is harmless if it leads to missionaries in Tanzania, but if it is used to make ethnic Swedes, Norwegians and other northern Europeans advance the standard liberal agenda(gay pastors, gay marraige, full socialism) then I guess I need to withdraw even my lukewarm support.


26 posted on 03/27/2012 6:15:33 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: lightman
How much longer shall any young person live in fear (and be feared) because of the color of their skin?

This past Sunday, we had a teenaged black male attend LCMS services at our church. I am sure he felt so threatened by the older white folks who came up to him and hugged him after the service.

27 posted on 03/27/2012 6:22:20 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Clock King

+100

It’s been called the “bigotry of low expectations”.


28 posted on 03/27/2012 6:26:22 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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