Racial Justice

Holy Trinity has a long history of involvement in racial justice work. Most recently, the congregation has made significant commitments to identifying, examining, and working to eradicate white privilege in and outside our church. We also work to recognize and shine a light on the deeply rooted systemic racism that exists across our society. Our congregation is committed to doing everything we can to build a culture of acceptance, equity, and affirmative justice at Holy Trinity and in our broader society.

Holy Trinity’s Racial Justice and Adult Education committees have been actively working to offer education and engagement around these issues, including small group discussion groups on the topic of race, and a congregational audit around race and equity.

We acknowledge there is much ongoing work for us to do to ensure that all elements of our congregational life reflect equity and justice.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Racial Justice Statement

We proclaim that we are all created in God’s image and that God has called us all “good.” That God, through Jesus, gathers us together as diverse and equally beloved children. That the Holy Spirit through the gospel compels us to follow Jesus’ reconciling footsteps toward racial justice.

Those of us who are people of color or indigenous suffer injustice when these truths are not lived out in God’s world. Those of us who are white are entwined in a network of unearned privilege that distances us from the fullness of humanity and from God. We all acknowledge that standing in silence strengthens racism and violence. Given these beliefs, we confess all these sins and strive to be the beloved community to which we are called.

We understand that the call to racial justice applies to us as individuals, as participants in institutions like Holy Trinity, and in larger systems in our world. We take responsibility to use a “racial justice lens” to look at the ways in which racism and white privilege shape our congregational life and our interface with our community.

Holy Trinity has had a long history of involvement in social justice, racial justice work, and, more recently, identifying white privilege. Yet, we know that there is more for us to do to ensure that all elements of our congregational life reflect equity and justice.

Be it resolved: Following the inclusive and reconciling footsteps of Jesus, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church publicly declares that we will actively pursue racial justice in all aspects of our congregational life and make changes to better align our practices to being a racially just, beloved community.

Say His Name: George Floyd

On May 26, 2020, White Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt for 9 minutes and 29 seconds on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, which ended his life. In the hours, days, and weeks that followed, Holy Trinity found itself at the heart of the explosive response to this brutal killing and the centuries of trauma that preceded it. Learn more about our response here.