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May 21, 2006 Guest - Esther Prabhakar
Program: Living With God in an Arranged Marriage
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Esther Prabhakar, is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Rochelle, Ill., and is on the Northern Illinois Synod's Multicultural Committee, which is involved with anti-racism training among the synod's 150 congregations.

Prabhakar is one of 13 people in her synod who are trained to help members of ELCA congregations understand racism in the 21st century. "Racism now is much more subtle than it was in the 1960s," says Prabhakar. She says that simple things that most people take for granted can be a barrier to someone's full participation in society and in the church.

The training helps people identify these barriers and provides ways to deal with it. "Racism is a sin just like any other sin, and God gives us power to work on that and look at it from a Christian point of view," she says.

Prabhakar is not only enthusiastic about the ELCA’s anti-racism ministry, she encourages others to get involved by becoming facilitators. She says, "The blessings I've received by being involved with the church and giving my time for volunteer work are wonderful and I meet some fantastic people!"


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