Author Discussion: Ashes to Action

Finding Myself at the Intersection of the Minneapolis Uprising

When & Where

Tuesday, April 23
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Shepherd of the Valley (Chapel)
Cost: Free

Pre-registration is helpful, but not required.

What to Expect

After the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a passionate uprising erupted, with the intersection of 38th and Chicago at its epicenter. One block away stood Calvary Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation whose members had engaged in racial justice work for years. 

In Ashes to Action, Shari Seifert provides her riveting first-person account of the events following May 25, 2020. Shari joined others in the Calvary community to show up, listen, and ask what was needed in the moment. As the lines between her congregation and neighborhood blurred, the way toward a faithful response became clearer. This personal narrative stays rooted in the context of community, immersing readers in the days, weeks, and months following the uprising. Author Shari Seifert will be onsite at Shepherd of the Valley to share more about her experiences. The event will be meaningful whether or not you read the book. This event is a collaboration between SOTV and SORCE (a local lay-member led group with a passion for racial justice).

Shari Seifert is bi-vocational. She helps people buy and sell houses as a realtor and she dismantles white supremacy in the (ELCA) Lutheran church. Shari currently serves as president of the European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice (EDLARJ) and is a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and part of the community at George Floyd Square. She lives, plays, and works in Minneapolis on land that was forcibly taken from the Dakota people.

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