Why am I planning to participate in a rally to end racism on April 4th in Washington, D.C.?
As your bishop I have witnessed the significant conversations that are happening around our state with the showing of the Selma movie. These conversations have brought together over 110 African-American and Lutheran congregations in dialogue about our need for racial reconciliation and healing.
When I attended the funeral for Pastor Clementa Pinckney, after the shooting of the Emmanuel Nine martyrs, I was deeply troubled to see his two young daughters being deprived of their father’s loving care and guidance because of racism and hate. I promised myself that day that I would do all that I could in the future to prevent another tragedy like that one and to honor the forgiveness and grace that these nine families modeled so well.
When Bishop Eaton extended an invitation to have at least 5,000 ELCA Lutherans commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, I knew that South Carolina Lutherans needed to be present as well.
If you are interested in being a part of this historic march, I invite you to join me and others as we need to fill up several buses. The cost will be $75.00 per person. We will drive overnight to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening and return on Wednesday evening following the rally. Please send your check made out to the South Carolina Synod or pay online at http://scsynod.us/scsynodgiving no later than March 15th to reserve your seat.
Join me in following the call of our Presiding Bishop who is asking for at least 5,000 members of the ELCA to share in this march.
The Rev. Herman R. Yoos
South Carolina Synod, ELCA