The ELCA’s 1993 social statement “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture” reminds us that when it was formed in 1988, the denomination established a goal to grow its membership to 10 percent people of color or language other than English. Now, 24 years after that social statement and 29 years after the ELCA’s formation, we have not budged the needle. Our membership is 96 percent white. Why is this so? Certainly we can do better.

Download a study guide for “Living out our commitment,” which appeared in Living Lutheran‘s May 2017 issue. The pdf includes four pages of study questions written by Robert C. Blezard and a copy of the article.

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