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Racial Equity Group

St. Matthew’s has formed a Racial Equity Group that is organizing our work to advance authentic, strategic diversity in the church, our denomination, and in our community.  The group is leading our congregation in evaluating our practices, making recommendations for advancing equity, implementing steps to advance authentic, strategic diversity at St. Matt’s and racial equity in our community. 

St. Matt's Racial Equity Group meets monthly on Sunday afternoons on Zoom to identify tasks, discuss recommendations and strategize.  Our next meeting is Sunday, Nov. 29, 3-4pm on Zoom.  

If you are interested in being part of St. Matthew’s—NoHo’s Racial Equity Group, please email Pr. Natalie Benson for the Zoom link at

Community members committed to racial equity are encouraged to participate in our racial equity group and help the church carry forward the community commitment to anti-racism. 

In preparation for our work together, you are invited to read the ELCA statement: “How Strategic and Authentic is Our Diversity; A Call for Confession, Reflection and Healing Action.”  The purpose of this document is to assist the denomination in all its expressions (congregation, synod, seminary, national church etc.) to advance racial equity.  Most of the recommendations are for the institutional church, not so much congregations.  But we can learn from the suggestions and they can spur us to action on the congregational level.

St. Matt's Racial Equity Group Blog

Need a last-minute gift for someone?  

Give the gift of understanding and dismantling racism!  Check out our book recommendations!

St. Matt's Racial Equity Book Recommends--Christmas Book List 2020

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