Racial Justice Advocacy Network

Encourage and equip leaders to combat individual and institutional racism in their congregations and communities.


The synod’s Racial Justice Advocacy Network was formed in response to inquiries from ministry leaders who were looking for ways to have non-divisive conversations in their congregations about race.

The network has set four goals for the coming year:

    • Support local congregations and leaders to discover ministry opportunities to combat racism and advocate for justice.
    • Support and encourage congregational leaders to educate themselves about the issues surrounding racism and racial justice.
    • Find ways to provide anti-racism training.
    • Research, curate, develop and provide resources to help leaders and congregations talk about race in their ministry settings to build up the body of Christ.




Join the Rally to End Racism

April 3-5, 2018

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invites others to join her and ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism event April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall.

The event, organized by the National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA, will bring together many ELCA members from across the country. The ELCA is a founding member of the council.

The rally’s call to action emphasizes three key points: awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all; confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong; and transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions.

Events begin April 3 with an ecumenical worship service at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and will be capped off by a lobby day on Capitol Hill April 5.

All are invited to join Bishop Eaton at the event. Learn more here.




Schedule a Workshop

Network facilitators the Rev. Megan Graves and Reg Greene attended the anti-racism workshop “Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity.” They are available to share what they learned with congregations, Bible study groups, councils and other groups for a formal training session or to lead an informal discussion.



Resources for Discussing Race in Your Ministry Setting



  • Racism is a sin.
  • The sin of racism damages both the body of Christ and its ministry.



  • Rev. Megan Graves, pastor for Our Savior’s, Waterloo
  • Reg Greene, member of Bethlehem Lutheran, Cedar Falls,


Synod Staff

Rev. Joelle Colville-Hanson