Juneteenth Commemoration

In 2021, we are looking to our resources from 2020,

which can be found below...


Emanuel 9 Resources from the ELCA (2021)

Note from ELCA Worship leader, Deacon John Weit:  

"The ELCA will not produce a national prayer service in 2021. We look to focus on local and synod observances to mark the commemoration. Refreshed worship resources for the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine are available in PDF and Word formats, including Scripture suggestions for a commemoration service. Additional resources for marking this commemoration in synods and congregations can be found at ELCA.org/EmanuelNine."

or, see https://emanuelnine.org/ to learn what happened on June 17, 2015


ELCA Juneteenth Observance (2020)


See more resources below...

Events and discussions from the

2020 observance of Juneteenth

(All items listed below took place in 2020, and some of these resources can be found here:

https://www.elca-ses.org/racial-justice-workshops-videos, and here:



The ELCA commemorates June 17 as a day of repentance and commemoration for the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine.  We also recognize June 19 as Juneteenth, the day that marked the effective end of slavery in the United States.

During the week of June 14-20, 2020, the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA and the African Descent Lutheran Association  Southeastern Chapter have planned several activities to recognize these important moments in our communities and to work towards the Beloved Community.

On Wednesday, June 17, we especially invite you to consider taking part in the NINE ACTION STEPS that you (adults and children) can take to bring about the Beloved Community.   This is in the form of a downloadable PDF for your convenience.

The actions of the week of June 14-20, 2020 are as follows:

 (Scroll below the image for links for each date's events.)


Sunday, June 14th

 9:30 am EDT:  Pastor Ron Bonner will lead a conversation around his book: “No Bigotry Allowed”. Please join Pastor Bonner and others using the Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83963424995

2:00 pm EDT:  Join us for a Watch Party for the award-winning documentary “Emanuel” on race, faith, and forgiveness.  (Look at our special note below if you wish to watch the movie on your own, then join us at 3:45pm EDT)

3:45 pm EDT:  Breakout sessions to foster dialogue around the core themes of “Emanuel.”


Special Note for viewing the documentary: You may view the documentary before Sunday, June 14th via Amazon Prime (FREE), STARZ (FREE), HULU (Membership), Google Play Movies & TV ($3.99), YouTube ($3.99). 

Tuesday, June 16th

10:00 am EDT: Children’s Time with Bishop Strickland via Facebook Live with prayer and reading to the children.  Bishop Strickland will be reading "Teach Your Dragon about Diversity" by Steve Herman.  CLICK HERE FOR SYNOD FACEBOOK LINK.

Wednesday, June 17th

“Commemoration Day of the Emanuel Nine”

9:00am EDT:  Bishop Strickland will do a Morning Facebook Prayer and Sharing of 9 Ways that people of all ages can act to build a beloved community and combat racism.  CLICK HERE FOR SYNOD FACEBOOK LINK.

12:00pm EDT:  The ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine will be available for online viewing on this day, the fifth anniversary of the evening nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The service will include leaders from around the ELCA and ecumenical partners, as well as a sermon by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. We join in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these nine martyrs and renounce the sins of racism and white supremacy. The service can be viewed at ELCA.org/EmanuelNine​​​​​​​.

Ideas you engage in to commemorate this day:

7:00pm EDT:  Southeastern Synod Facebook Live There will be a synod wide live worship service at 7:00 pm EST.  CLICK HERE FOR SYNOD FACEBOOK LINK.

Thursday, June 18th

10:00 am EDT: Children’s Time with Bishop Strickland via Facebook Live with prayer and reading to the children.  Bishop Strickland will be reading "I Can Do Hard Things:  Mindful Affirmations for Kids" by Gabi Garcia.  CLICK HERE FOR SYNOD FACEBOOK LINK.

Friday, June 19th - JUNETEENTH

Information about the history of Juneteenth and worship service from the ELCA resources. 

ELCA WORSHIP RESOURCE:  Juneteenth Oberservance

INFORMATION ON HISTORY of Juneteenth:  A Resource from History.com

Saturday, June 20th

African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) - Southeastern Chapter presents “The Musical Heritage of the African Diaspora.”  Come celebrate with us as we travel from the Mother Land to the Americas!  You don’t want to miss this celebration!

To watch this musical event, check it out on the ADLA - Southeastern Chapter Facebook page here.

or, click the video below: