Racial Justice & Equity

Mission Statement

We advocate for God’s wholeness for all by committing to understand and address personal and institutional racism in all of its forms and manifestations.


The Vision 2025 team began their work in 2018, staying diligent to the charge amid the COVID-19 era, to present a vision for congregational life. Alongside Church Council leadership and in the river of our history of mission and outreach, three (3) main initiatives were developed, one of which was an active exploration into racial equity.

A Racial Justice & Equity team (“RJET”) was formed and began their work in 2022. None are experts in racism. All are compelled by their faith to act.

Resources for You

These resources are recommendations from both organizational ministry partners and individual members of the Racial Justice and Equity Team, seeking to provide you with a variety of voices and opportunities for personal growth and congregational learning and engagement.

Resources include (but are not limited to): 

  • Personal recommendations
  • Suggestions for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers
  • Personal testimonials from RJET members
  • And more!

A Journey

The team’s task ahead is seen as a journey to how we, both as individuals and collectively as a congregation, can recognize and push back against anything that marginalizes, divides, or values some of God’s children over others based on race. It is rooted in the unifying claim of our Welcoming Statement that “all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace.”

The work of the Racial Justice & Equity Team (“RJET”) is attached to two (2) principles:

  1. To learn from others who have experience and can guide us.
  2. To welcome everyone in the congregation on the journey… from those who feel “it’s about time” to others who may be skeptical.

We approach this task with joy and optimism, not with grim determination!

“In this 12-minute TEDx Talk offering insightful and humorous suggestions for how we talk about race, which can be thorny territory, it helped to hear that my imperfect comments are not an indictment of my goodness.”

– Linda Van Guilder, RJET member


Committed to Success

To help us be successful, we have formed a partnership with the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement (CLNE), a community organization based in north Minneapolis who’ve worked with 25 other congregations engaged in racial justice. CLNE will collaborate with the RJET in coaching, assessment and training in intercultural competency and development, and programming experiences to bring together communities of different cultures. They will help us build offerings around education and cross-cultural opportunities.

Our Future

There is much to come, and lots to talk about! Your comments, questions, and participation are always welcome.

Our Future

There is much to come, and lots to talk about! Your comments, questions, and participation are welcomed.

Check back here often for updates on how you can get involved. Or, if you wish, you can start by joining our virtual RJET team meetings every other Wednesday afternoon from 4:00-5:00pm.

Our Calendar

Racial Justice & Equity Book Club

Thursdays, starting September 21
3:15 – 4:30pm


Interested in joining the ongoing work of our group? New members are always welcome.

Questions? Contact Nancy Ouska at nancy.ouska@gmail.com.

City of Edina Juneteenth Community Celebration

Monday, June 19
4:00 — 8:00pm
Centennial Lakes Park

The City of Edina is hosting a Juneteenth celebration for the whole community from 4:00 — 8:00pm on Monday, June 19, at Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S.

This year’s family-friendly event will feature live music, readings, a story stroll and other children’s activities, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden sponsored by Edina Liquor.

Admission, parking and all activities except the food trucks and beverage garden are free.

Table Talk: Our Earliest Memories of Race and Culture

Sunday, February 19
10:40am — 12:00pm
Fellowship Hall

Join us for table conversations, building self-awareness through respectful mutual listening and reflection.

All are welcome!

Let’s Get to Know Tapestry!

Ongoing Summer Opportunities
7045 Lyndale Ave. South, Richfield, MN 55423

This bilingual (English / Spanish) and multicultural ELCA church community in Richfield will be bringing us music and worship, inviting us to theirs, and graciously opening their doors for us to share in great food, friendship, and learning!

Upcoming Dates
Help our Tapestry neighbors know how much food to prepare by signing up to what date(s) you’re able to join us!

Sunday, August 6th – Evening worship & dinner at Tapestry
(starting at 5:00pm)

Tapestry meets at the Oak Grove Lutheran Church building.
Rain or shine! (Worship outdoors weather permitting, meals are indoors.)

Broke and Woke: Two Minnesota Authors of Books on Community Repair to Speak

Wednesday, August 16
11:30am – 1:00pm

Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

Minnesota Council of Churches Co-CEO Curtiss DeYoung (“The Risk of Being Woke“) and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (“Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence”) have both released books about their leadership in two sectors of Minnesota — faith and law — in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Under the theme “Broke and Woke,” you are invited to join the authors for a brown-bag lunch and public conversation about their recently published books.

Please bring your own lunch and questions for the authors. Every person who donates $40 or more will receive a copy of each book as a thank-you gift. Your donation of at least $40 will help to cover the cost of the books and other refreshments.

People of Faith United in Anti-Racism

Sunday, September 10
3:00 – 4:30pm

Full Meeting Room
Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S, Edina 55435

A free event organized by “People of Faith,” a part of the Anti-Racism Collective.

Let’s come together to build connections & bolster relationships with faith based individuals & organizations interested in anti-racism work.

Please RSVP to Elena.

Spanish Classes
Tuesdays from September 19 to November 21
7045 Lyndale Ave. South, Richfield, MN 55423

Dinner at 6:00pm
Class from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Suggested contribution = $100 / session

Orientation / Registration – September 12

This is not a religious class, but Tapestry may use songs, the Bible, and other materials from time to time.

Childcare available!

“The Winans: Songs We Love”
Sunday, October 22
4:00 – 5:30pm

Tickets: $35-$45

A highly anticipated event will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at Crooners Supper Club in Fridley, MN. The celebrated singers Billy Steele, Tonia Hughes Kendrick, Kennadi Hurst, Sara Renner and Lawrence Miles will join forces to perform a repertoire of songs that includes “The Winans: Songs We Love.”

This promises to be an unforgettable night of music where these talented artists will captivate the audience with their exceptional singing abilities. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this stellar performance at Crooners Supper Club.

“Stories I Didn’t Know” Discussion
(with Pie Provided)

Sunday, November 19
Fellowship Hall
10:30 – 11:30am

“It’s a family reunion … what could go wrong? Plenty, as we soon learn when Rita Davern exposes an ugly reality at the heart of a family legend. Her family members have always been proud to say that their great grandparents once owned Pike Island, a beautiful piece of land at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. But when Rita relates what happened to the people who lived there before, some family members react with understanding, others with arguments and anger. Rita’s attempts to understand what happened and why leads her on a journey that requires facing the complicated legacy of westward expansion in the U.S. Along the way she meets Ramona, a Dakota educator. What Ramona’s ancestors experienced because of U.S. government policies puts faces and names on this story. Rita listens and learns. She wants to find a way to put something right. We learn the value of finding and facing the past by watching her journey.”

Swimming in Our Culture

First Wednesday of the month (February 1; March 1; April 5; May 3; June 7) 4:00-5:30pm

A dialogue that:

  • Examines certain characteristics that shape us and our culture(s)
  • Reflects on the impacts those characteristics may be having on us and others, and
  • Explores what we might want to change in the future


These resources are recommendations from organizational ministry partners and individual members of the Racial Justice and Equity Team members, seeking to provide you with a variety of voices and opportunities for personal growth and congregational learning and engagement.

Racial Justice & Equity Team (RJET) Members

Feel free to submit questions, ideas, reactions, etc. to our team. Your comments and inquiries are welcomed!

Julia Dinsmore (NLC Social Justice Liaison)

Mark Werley (Chair)

Kathy Ritter (Communications Lead)

Randy Gullickson

Sue Hoel

Olivia Mastry

Sumner Musolf

Nancy Ouska

Dick Peterson

Linda Van Guilder

Anna Bock

Vishakha Kanwar