Systemic racism and Individual racism both exist in the world and play a crucial part in keeping the status quo of White Supremacy and Privilege. It is for that reason that the 2009 Assembly of the Sierra Pacific Synod approved and put into place the Racial Ethnic Ministry Strategy Discipling Team (REMSDT).

The Discipling Team exists to assist the SPS in addressing the systemic ethnic bias and racial inequity and injustice within our Synod.  Every institution needs Racial, Ethnic Advocacy; and REMSDT is the response of our community to dismantle the complex structure of racism. REMSDT through its three working groups provide educational resources via Zoom and on-site workshops, forums, and town hall meetings, and webinars. We assist in developing strategy and strategic goals and tactical actions for addressing and dismantling ethnic bias and racism.

If you are interested in making sure that people of color are represented in every aspect of the church; and that our synod rightly reflects the diversity of our region then the Racial Ethnic Ministry Strategy Discipling Team is here for you.


From MLK to #BlackLivesMatter: A Throughline for Young Students

In memory of Martin Luther King Jr, the Racial and Ethnic Ministry Strategies Discipling Team offers this resource for young students.

Black History Month Reflection Calendar
Dear Nice White People – Wild Holy & Free (

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Pr. Linda Boston

Pr. Trudy Franzen

Team Members

Cultural Competency Working Group
Rev Trudy Franzen
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
El Dorado Hills, CA

Rev Anne Carlson
Retired, New Creation Lutheran Church
San Jose, CA

Rebekah Turnbaugh
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Sacramento, CA

Anti Racism Working Group
Stephanie Leong
First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto

Rev Monique Ortiz
Saints Mary and Martha Lutheran Church
San Francisco, CA

Joy Larson
Christ The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
San Jose, CA

Ethnic Strategies Working Group
Rev Linda Boston
Lutheran Church of the Master
Sacramento, CA

Rev Donna Allen
New Revelation Community Church
Oakland, CA

Rev Nelson Rabell
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Lodi, CA

Other Members

Synod Council Representative

Rev Ned O’Donnell
Trinity Lutheran Church
Oakland, CA
& East Bay Lutheran Parish’s Lutheran Ministry to Nursing Homes

Staff Member
Bp Mark Holmerud

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