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.
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):
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:
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
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.
There is much to come, and lots to talk about! Your comments, questions, and participation are always welcome.
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.
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.
Sunday, February 19
10:40am — 12:00pm
Join us for table conversations, building self-awareness through respectful mutual listening and reflection.
All are welcome!
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!
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.
“Stories I Didn’t Know” Discussion
(with Pie Provided)
Sunday, November 19
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.”
First Wednesday of the month (February 1; March 1; April 5; May 3; June 7) 4:00-5:30pm
A dialogue that:
Actually, the video can’t be displayed above — but you can still watch it at no cost!
Special thanks to Ms. Davern, our Normandale community has been given access to watch this award-winning documentary for free! With this special access comes a password to enter watch the film.
If you’d like to retrieve the password for the film, please contact someone on the RJET team identified below. You can also find it in the weekly email distributed to everyone in the congregation. We are more than happy to give it to you!
Just to remind you: the film is just shy of 60 minutes and is amazing!
This film is an incredible experience, and is well worth your time.
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.
Julia Dinsmore (NLC Social Justice Liaison)
Mark Werley (Chair)
Kathy Ritter (Communications Lead)
Linda Van Guilder