ReconcilingWorks is committed to welcoming, including, and celebrating LGBTQIA+ people. As an organization we know LGBTQIA+ people come in a rich diversity of bodies, which means in order for us to do this holy work, it must be intersectional. ReconcilingWorks is making a public commitment to increase our intersectional work dedicated to racial equity.ReconcilingWorks Board of Directors along with staff will be working to create a Racial Equity Plan of how we will examine the Four Dimensions of Racism as defined by Raceforward, and how they impact our organization’s racist actions and behavior.

Land Acknowledgement

In 2016, at the Churchwide Assembly, the ELCA passed the "Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery" resolution, acknowledging the complicit evils of colonialism, and the impact that it has had on Native Peoples. As ReconcilingWorks continues to engage in its anti-racist work, we acknowledge our national office resides on the land of the WahpekuteAnishinabewaki, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux). If you or your faith community would like to learn more about the land you are occupying, click here.

Four Dimensions of Racism:

Internalized racism lies within individuals. These are private beliefs about race that reside inside our minds.
Interpersonal racism occurs between individuals. Once we bring our private beliefs about race into our interactions with others, we are now in the interpersonal realm.
Institutional racism occurs within institutions. It involves the discriminatory treatment, unfair policies and practices, and inequitable opportunities and impacts, based on race.
Structural racism is racial bias across institutions and society. It’s the cumulative compounded effects of an array of factors that systematically privilege white people and disadvantaged people of color.

Timeline

National Board has approved $5,000 for ongoing training for staff, board, and lead volunteers to be used by November 2020.
Racial Equity Monthly Book Club readings for Board, RIC partners, supporters, donors, volunteers, and staff, with ReconcilingWorks-made reflection guide to further discussion.
Fall Board of Director's meeting will continue to create a Racial Equity Plan that examines the Four Dimensions of Racism and their effect on ReconcilingWorks, determining what learning and action is needed to dismantle our organization's own racist actions and behavior.

If you would like more resources to support this work please visit our Dismantling Injustice Page.