On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrate the heritage and contributions of Indigenous members of our church and society. In her weekly video message, Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, also invited members into a time of confession and commitment.
“We confess the church’s failure to address the racism that has so damaged Indigenous communities,” she said in the video. “We commit to working cooperatively to promote justice for Indigenous people, participating in acts of advocacy, practicing land acknowledgements and taking seriously the experiences of our Indigenous neighbors. Together we are all children of God, redeemed by Jesus, sustained by the Spirit.”