The Racial Justice Subcommittee is under the Northern Illinois Synod Social Ministries committee.
The Kingdom of God only exists in its fullness when all people in creation’s broad and beautiful spectrum of colors, expressions and experiences are loved, celebrated for who we are, and who God intends us to be, with all needs satisfied and all wrongs reconciled. As God transforms the world toward this vision, we confess we have worked against it. We have been complicit benefactors of sinful systems of racism in our lifetime and in our history, ignored, erased, and stolen the voices of people of color. Controlled by fear, ignorance, and apathy, we have failed to act or speak against evil in our midst and in our hearts.
Working toward the Kingdom, congregations, leaders, and laity of the Northern Illinois Synod are compelled and required to partner with God and our neighbors to learn about and repent of our history of racism, to fight discrimination, inequity, and prejudice in all its forms, to demolish the racist systems of our institutions and economy, reimagining them to heal ethnic and cultural divisions among us. This committee will facilitate this effort by listening to and amplifying voices of people of color, providing opportunities for education and cooperative action, and empowering congregations to engage in multicultural relationships in their own neighborhoods.