A litany for predominantly white spaces, against white supremacy

Litany against white supremacy


Gracious and loving God,


We, as a church, must respond to the white supremacy in our nation. Here is one attempt at a litany to address it. Change it, do with it what you will, just please do something. 

Written by Revs. Elizabeth Rawlings and Jennifer Chrien

In the beginning, you created humanity and declared us very good

We were made in Africa, came out of Egypt.

Our beginnings, all of our beginnings, are rooted in dark skin.

We are all siblings. We are all related.

We are all your children.


We are all siblings, we are all related, we are all your children.


Violence entered creation through Cain and Abel.

Born of jealousy, rooted in fear of scarcity,

Brother turned against brother

The soil soaked with blood, Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?


We are all siblings, we are all related, we are our brothers keeper.


When your people cried out in slavery,

You heard them. You did not ignore their suffering.

You raised up leaders who would speak truth to power

And lead your people into freedom.

Let us hear your voice; grant us the courage to answer your call.

Guide us towards justice and freedom for all people.


We are all siblings, we are all related, we all deserve to be free.


Through the prophets you told us the worship you want is for us  

  to loose the bonds of injustice,

   to undo the thongs of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

   and to break every yoke;

Yet we continue to serve our own interest,

To oppress our workers, to crush our siblings by the neck because we are afraid.

Because they don’t look like us, act like us, talk like us.

Yet, they are us. And we are them.


We are all siblings, we are all related, we are not free unless all are free


In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son,

Born in poverty, living under the rule of a foreign empire,

Brown-skinned, dark-haired, middle-Eastern.

They called him Yeshua, your Son,

Who welcomed the unwelcome, accepted the unacceptable—

The foreigners, the radicals, the illiterate, the poor,

The agents of empire and the ones who sought to overthrow it,

The men and women who were deemed unclean because of their maladies.


We are all siblings, we are all related, we are all disciples.


The faith of Christ spread from region to region, culture to culture.

You delight in the many voices, many languages, raised to you.

You teach us that in Christ, “There is no Jew or Greek, there is no slave or free, there is no male and female.”

In Christ, we are all one.

Not in spite of our differences, but in them.

Black, brown, and white; female, non-binary, and male; citizen and immigrant,

In Christ we are all one.


We are all siblings, we are all related, we are all one in Christ.


Each week, we confess our sin to you and to one another.

We know that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.

We are captive to the sin of white supremacy,

Which values some lives more than others,

Which believes some skin tones are more perfect than others,

Which commits violence against those who are different.

We confess our complicity in this sin.

We humbly repent.

We ask for the strength to face our sin, to dismantle it, and to be made anew

We trust in your compassion and rely on your mercy

Praying that you will give us your wisdom and guide us in your way of peace,

That you will renew us as you renew all of creation

In accordance with your will.


We ask this, we pray this, as your children, all siblings, all related, all beloved children of God.



About Elizabeth Rawlings

Lutheran. Feminist. Child of God. Thinking about how to be a leader in a church that is trying to rediscover itself and what it means to live simply so that others may simply live in tandem with what exactly is the fast God asks of us. Chronic alliterator. Generally silly person. View all posts by Elizabeth Rawlings

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