Twenty-five years ago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joined other Lutheran Christians worldwide in repudiating anti-Judaism within our own tradition. In our 1994 “Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community”  we affirmed that “we recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and affront to the Gospel, a violation of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us.”

This will require more of us than repeated statements. It will require building bridges of inter-religious understanding in our communities. It will require reaching out to our Jewish neighbors to offer our care, support, love and protection. It will require our persistence in addressing the root causes of anti-Semitism and its menacing companions of white supremacy and xenophobia.   


2 thoughts on “ELCA statement on anti-Semitism (DRAFT)

  1. I’m conflicted about that, because I had more than enough in-your-face evangelism from sidewalk preachers and 500-watt radio stations when I lived in the South, but I think it’s incumbent on the rest of us now to speak up so the right-wing evangelicals aren’t the only voices in the public square … to let people know there’s something in between Matthew 24 and Matthew 26 we ought to pay attention to, but maybe just to set an example, or try to, this is what our faith calls us to do.


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