ELCA presiding bishop to participate in rally to end racism

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), will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism 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.

For information contact:

Candice Hill Buchbinder

Join Bishop Eaton and the National Council of Churches for a rally and a call to action on the National Mall in Washington, DC!

ACT Now to:

  • Awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all
  • Confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong
  • Transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions

ACT Now: Unite to End Racism in the areas of church life and practices, criminal, economic and social justice, civil and human rights, environmental justice, immigration, media, and education.

Join in the clarion call to heal the soul of the nation as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Let’s finish the work!

Where: At sites across Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall

When: April 3-5, 2018

  • Tuesday evening, April 3: Service of Worship in the Orthodox Tradition
  • Wednesday, April 4: Rally on the National Mall, 7:00am to 4:00pm
  • Thursday, April 5: a Day of Action in the Nation’s Capital

Find out more at elca.org and rally2endracism.org.

The Illinois Conference of Churches anti-racism team, Illinois Christians Encounter Racism (ICER) is arranging for buses to Washington DC for the anti-racism rally on the national mall on April 4, the anniversary of the assassination  of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The service in Memphis will be broadcast on the mall. Buses will leave from LaGrange, Springfield, and Carbondale.

Cost is $175 per person which includes the bus, a sack lunch, bottle of water and t-shirt. This is our direct cost with no mark-up. 

Find out more.