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Addressing Racism

Bishop John Roth of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church wanted to explore opening up to their respective churches a personal conversation they were having in the aftermath of the death of Trayvon Martin, an African-American young person killed by a private citizen. In addition, the bishops opted to supplement their conversation by responding to questions likely to be on the minds of Christians in central and southern Illinois.