Our EALA Vision

At an early fall telephone conference meeting, the EALA Board of Directors adopted a Vision Statement to provide a focus for us as an ethnic association.  It was the end of a process which began in July during the Biennial Board Meeting held in Atlanta. At that meeting Alan Sager of Jackson MS led the Board in a process to write a Vision Statement and establish some goals. Alan had earlier done the same with another ethnic association.  

The Vision Statement adopted by the Board was:  To  be a visible and nameable anti-racist witness for a cross-cultural church.  If you have been on our website recently you may have noticed this underneath our masthead.

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There was some debate among the Board of Directors whether the word “anti-racist” should be included as part of our vision. Some said that it was not a positive word.  Others said it was a way for us to let other associations know that this association, with whom most ELCA members could identify, wants to be known as a group fighting individual and organizational racism among us.  The word “cross-cultural” was suggested by other associations during their Friday night panel presentation at the same July meeting. They suggested the ELCA should be known as a cross-cultural rather than a multicultural church.  

From our Winter 2012 Newsletter