For more information on racial justice efforts in the Southeastern Iowa Synod contact Pr. Erika Uthe, [email protected] or 319-338-1273

Bishop Burk’s Letter in response to Charlottesville, Virginia 

Transforming White Privilege: The Transforming White Privilege (TWP) curriculum is designed to help current and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors better identify, talk about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences. The curriculum includes lessons plans, handouts, PowerPoint slides and video clips covering a number of key concepts, tools and strategies for change.

Race, Ethnicity and Culture: This social statement and accompanying study guide were adopted by the ELCA churchwide assembly in 1993. Over 20 years later, the issues and questions remain. Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture expresses the ELCA’s calling to celebrate culture and ethnicity.  This calling commits the ELCA to confront racism, to engage in public leadership, witness and deliberation on these matters, and to advocate for justice and fairness for all people.

Lord, Save Me! (A Sermon on Christianity and White Supremacy): by Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber

Sermon for August 14, 2017: by Pastor Bradley Schmeling, quoted in Bishop Burk’s August 2017 letter

Books for individual or group study:

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The 21st Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt  (description and more [Amazon])

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander (description and more [Amazon])

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis (description and more [Amazon])