Confronting Racism: a Holy Yearning (ELCA live webcast)


Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Racism remains an enduring crisis in the United States. As Lutheran Christians, we must continue our involvement in and commitment to the important work of naming racism as a sin – a violation of God’s intention for humanity.

Please join me for another live webcast on “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning” – Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. (CST). This conversation will focus on offering a variety of perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. As with the previous webcast, we will continue to ground the webcast by two commitments. One is this church’s proclamation of Christ and the confidence that this good news brings to set us free from the captivity of racism. The second is this church’s enduring commitment to address the complexity of racism and end discrimination.

Joining me once again for this conversation is host William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla. Together we welcome:

  • Judge Yolanda Tanner, an ELCA member and an associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
  • Leonard Duncan, an ELCA member who will share his experience of incarceration, poverty and homelessness. Duncan is a student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and an ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient.
  • Charlene Guiliani, an ELCA member and former police sergeant. Guiliani is a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, and an ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient.

Through our church’s social statements “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries” and “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture,” the ELCA collectively has expressed its calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. You can access these social statements here. In addition, I have made several public statements on behalf of the church on the subject. Those statements are available here.

You may read more about this webcast at, where a link to the live webcast will be provided. A live stream also will be available at If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast, please send it to and provide your name and your congregation’s name, city and state.

Join me for this important conversation.

God’s peace,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America