The ELCIC feels called and challenged to change our perspectives and become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive church.
In 2019, the ELCIC National Convention (motion NC-2019-26) directed the National Church Council (NCC) to create and support the work of three separate National task forces to address:
- Ableism and Accessibility: examining concerns regarding barriers to access in the ELCIC, its synods, congregations, seminaries, schools, and other institutions and communities; the ways in which people with disabilities face discrimination in the ELCIC settings and structures; and to propose recommendations to NCC about how to remove barriers, change discriminatory structures, and create accessible, inclusive communities.
- Racism, White Supremacy, and Racial Injustice Issues: examining the underlying racism within the ELCIC that has been observed to be negatively affecting People of Colour (POC), both within and outside of our church, and to come up with and implement an action plan on how to address and deal with said issues in congruence with the ELCIC’s Theology of Mission.
- Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia: examining the experiences of those within the ELCIC for whom sexual orientation that is other than straight, non-cisgender and nonbinary and the struggle for equity and justice.
The work of these task forces is ongoing. You can find out more on ELCIC's website.