=Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Creator members work toward justice for our immigrant brothers and sisters in our community and throughout the region through IMIrJ. Working toward understanding and equal justice for those newly come to this country, the members of Creator work to accompany our brothers and sisters throughout the community as they need help and protection navigating the system.
Creator and the World
Creator partners with Lutheran World Relief to provide aid for global efforts. Lutheran World Relief Disaster Relief teams are on the ground where disasters strike in the U.S. and worldwide.
Racial Reckoning and Advocacy in Our Community
In 2019 the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, adopted a resolution designating June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
We held a commemoration service with other churches and organizations in the area. This led to Listen, Pray, Act ; a monthly group of Oregon churches that supported the peaceful protesters of George Floyd.
Days earlier there was a BLM march past our church. Some of our members marched and we passed water and snacks to the march participants.
66th Synod Reparations Fund
The proper cycle of confession and liberation is as follows:
Repentance. Reparations. Reconciliation.
We will relive the same moment in history over and over again until this is understood.
We read the scriptural references to the sale of ancestral and colonized land. The ELCA has acknowledged past complicity of the church in regards to this. To assume the moral complications of greed weren’t part of the early church community strains credulity. The 2020 Oregon Synod Assembly passed a Reparations resolution to start defining a path for Reparations.
Click on the following link to donate to the 66th Synod Reparation fund.
This fund is devoted to equitably help elderly Black ministers supplement their retirement plans after years of serving congregations with no wherewithal to have adequately paid their pastors over many years of service.