A Service of Prayer and Lament

Black Lives Matter - ELCA

Thank you for joining us in prayer this morning for a service of Prayer and Lament at the churchwide office of the ELCA. Download the service bulletin. You may view a recording of the service by clicking the "Watch Video" button above.

Praying and lamenting the ongoing violence in our world and across our country.

Praying and lamenting the loss of lives due to gun violence and racism.

Praying and lamenting for the needs of the whole human family.  

Please join us in prayer.

Campaign Zero Campaign Zero is a 10-point policy platform created by the #BlackLivesMatter movement to address and improve relationships between local law enforcement and the communities in which they serve.

Resources and Related links

Read Reverend Lamont A. Wells' statement from the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA).
Statement from Reverend
Lamont A. Wells, ADLA

Read Bishop Patricia Lull’s statement from the
Saint Paul Area Synod.
Bishop Lull's statement

Prayers for peace and justice in congregations from Bishop Lull

Find Bishop Michael Rinehart’s statement from the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.
Bishop Rinehart's statement

Prayers for peace and justice from Bishop Rinehart

A Statement from Members of the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Read the statement

Read Slow Down for Justice, An article by Judith Roberts originally published in Gather, October 2015
Read the Article

View ELCA webcast series: Confronting Racism

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., have hosted two conversations on racism.

View webcasts

ELCA resources about this church’s ongoing racial justice work:

ELCA.org web pages:

Local resources

  • Continue the conversation in your area by connecting with your synod's anti-racism team.

Call to Be Present

Call to be present from Bishop Eaton (video)
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton responds to shootings in Baton Rouge, La. and St. Paul, Minn. She urges members to show up and be present in communities that are suffering and in pain.

View video