The ELCIC feels called and challenged to change our perspectives and become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive church. 

In 2019, the ELCIC National Convention (motion NC-2019-26) directed the National Church Council (NCC) to create and support the work of three separate National task forces to address:

  1. Ableism: examining concerns regarding barriers to access in the ELCIC, its synods, congregations, seminaries, schools, and other institutions and communities; the ways in which people with disabilities face discrimination in the ELCIC settings and structures; and to propose recommendations to NCC about how to remove barriers, change discriminatory structures, and create accessible, inclusive communities.
  2. RacismWhite Supremacy, and issues of Racial Injustice: examining the underlying racism within the ELCIC that has been observed to be negatively affecting People of Colour (POC), both within and outside of our church, and to come up with and implement an action plan on how to address and deal with said issues in congruence with the ELCIC’s Theology of Mission.
  3. Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia: examining the experiences of those within the ELCIC for whom sexual orientation that is other than straight, non-cisgender and nonbinary and the struggle for equity and justice.

The work of these task forces is ongoing. They reported to 2022 ELCIC Convention (see appendices 3, 4 and 5) and the content of their reports will be addressed at the 2023 ELCIC Special Convention. The task forces have written this prayer to encourage this work.

This space provides tools and resources for congregations and faith communities to engage in processes of learning and transformation. We are actively searching for effective resources. Your feedback and ideas are welcome as we journey together toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

There are four main categories where the resources will be placed under: 

1. Racism White Supremacy and Racial Justice Issues

The ELCIC upholds the dignity of all people. We recognize the image of Christ in every person and serve that person as Christ himself. In meeting diverse people, we begin with a core sense of respect for the value of each person as a unique child of God.

2. Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

The ELCIC celebrates the truth that sexuality is part of God’s good creation. We relate to one another and to God as sexual beings. We will lift up positive images of healthy sexuality that nurture relationship and person. We articulate and lift up our vision of lives as sexual creatures longing for companionship and capable of deep levels of intimacy, love and care.

3. Ableism and Accessibility

The ELCIC commits itself to engaging the diverse faces of the world in which we live. This church recognizes that meeting diverse peoples and forming a truly inclusive community is a journey of discovery that will include moments of discomfort and anxiety. This church celebrates the vital role that congregations play in helping diverse people of faith to meet and to form community.

4. Additional resources

The ELCIC is called to oppose sexual exploitation in all its manifestations. This includes addressing social and economic injustices that leave people more vulnerable to exploitation. This church will be critical of messages, images, policies, and practices that diminish the dignity of individuals or groups. This church will journey with, learn from, and advocate for those who have been exploited. This church will speak out against people choosing to engage in exploitive behaviour. We seek to learn effective ways to support those who are sincerely trying to repent of oppressive behaviour. This church opposes all practices that turn the human body into a commodity to be bought and sold. The sexual body is never to be used as an object for commercial purposes. We are committed to advocating for laws and policies that seek to prevent sexual exploitation in all its manifestations. For this reason, we have decided to support Thursdays in Black.