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Racism and Immigration

As some of you know, many in the ELCA consider racism to be the central social issue in the denomination. Here in the Southwestern Texas Synod, immigration is a major issue. In recent weeks we have again seen how the two issues are related.


As chair of the synod's immigration task force, one of my challenges is the lack of a comparable active group in the synod addressing racism. Most agree immigration is a major issue but many Lutherans in our synod still do not see racism as a major issue and few are wiling to address racism publicly.


How might individual and systemic immigration also become part of the conversation in this part of the country?

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