Lutheran Church of the Resurrection will stand up against racism and do anything we can to end it. We are involved with many groups to help educate our neighbors and make them aware of racial issues.
ANDERSON CHURCHES FOR RACIAL UNITY (ACRU)
Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) is an association of churches in Greater Anderson Township. In partnership with GAPP (Greater Anderson Promotes Peace), we strive to raise awareness among the residents of Anderson Township and surrounding areas regarding issues of racism, to promote inclusion, to encourage participation in solutions, and to build individual and congregational relationships between people of color and white people. We work to accomplish our mission through the presentation of guest speakers, film discussions, workshops, book studies, and entertainment.
Anderson Churches for Racial Unity was organized in 2015 as a call to action in response to the murders of nine people at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June of that year. ACRU has developed a working and personal relationship with Allen Temple AME Church in Bond Hill.
We learn from each other and often attend functions throughout the city sponsored by Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, AMOS Project, Rethinking Racism, and others.
GREATER ANDERSON PROMOTES PEACE (GAPP)
Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) affirms the dignity and value of all people. As a coalition of concerned citizens, we are committed to the ongoing work of peacebuilding as essential for community life. We believe it is critical not to react to acts of intolerance with silent disagreement, but rather, to transform silence and lethargy into visible acceptance of others by actively confronting intolerance and replacing it with acts which promote peace.
–Mission Statement, January 2000
Promote education, especially about various faiths and cultures, to develop a better understanding of our commonalities and differences.
Promote dialogue, particularly with an interfaith or multicultural context, in order to foster respect in the midst of diversity.
Raise awareness of tensions within our community.
Monitor hate incidents and hate crimes in our community and help to develop effective responses to these incidents.
Build a Peace Pole as a focal point of community celebrations of our commitment to peacebuilding.
Strive to create a community atmosphere which is welcoming to all people.
PARTNERSHIP WITH ALLEN TEMPLE AME CHURCH
On June 17, 2015, nine African Americans were shot to death by a white supremacist during a Bible study at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. LCR responded to the shooting by taking a public stand against hate.
On the one-year anniversary of the shooting, LCR joined with Anderson Churches for Racial Unity in community with Allen Temple AME Church to hold a memorial service. As a result, a relationship formed between LCR and Allen Temple, the oldest operating Black church in Cincinnati. The relationship unfolded in various ways, including pulpit and music exchanges, joint participation in the Undivided racial reconciliation program, and outings to places such as Cincinnati Art Museum. Allen Temple members also accompanied LCR members on disaster relief trips. Each year in June, the congregations jointly commemorated the Emanuel Nine shooting victims.
Who We Are
EquaSion, formerly known as the Bridges of Faith Trialogue, is a non-partisan civic organization founded upon interfaith dialogue that works to develop educational and community service programming to foster greater understanding, respect, compassion, inclusion, and engagement for all people and faith communities in Greater Cincinnati and beyond.
Living our mission everyday through compassion and collective action, we engage people of all faiths to discover their shared humanity and spirituality, and to work together for an equitable and just community for everyone.
We believe the foundation of faith is compassion and that justice is central to all faiths.
We believe freedom guarantees expression of different viewpoints and requires a respect for diverse beliefs, perspectives, and cultural practices.
We believe that equality results when we treat everyone with respect and equity will be achieved when we acknowledge the root causes of unequal opportunities and take steps to ensure the fair distribution of resources.
We believe that inclusion and dialogue are essential for building community.
In January 2016, a diverse group of Cincinnati civic leaders came together out of concern for a socio-political environment characterized by inflammatory rhetoric, scapegoating, divisiveness and a dramatic spike in hate crimes against our religious and racial minorities. Operating solely as a volunteer-directed program under the name “Bridges of Faith Trialogue,” this fledgling group proceeded to sponsor a number of educational programs to counter Islamophobia, anti-semitism and other forms of religious bigotry, and to promote acceptance and inclusion of all groups of good will.
In 2017, to continue its momentum and expand upon its human relations services to the community, the Trialogue became a chartered nonprofit in Ohio with 501(c)(3) status. A year and a half later, on September 8, 2019, it changed its name to “EquaSion” (Equality. Spirituality. Inclusion.) to better reflect its growing base of faith communities committed to positive change through collective action.