As ELCA Lutheran pastors of Clark and Skamania counties, we join denominational leaders in declaring #blacklivesmatter. Too many BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) have lost their lives through violence at the hands of police officers, citizens, and unjust systems. It is past time for our nation to make sustained change to systems that tolerate and encourage racism, violence, and prejudice.
As Christians, our call to action is grounded in the biblical witness that all humans are created in God’s image. We are called to seek justice from leaders as proclaimed through prophets. Our sacred story centers on a God who is unjustly tried, executed, and dies of asphyxiation. We recognize the church has often failed to live out this witness faithfully. The church also has a legacy of living and dying for this witness and love. This is the legacy of Christ’s earliest followers and ours today. Therefore, we commit to dismantling white supremacy in our own congregations and building a beloved and just community for everyone.