Rachel’s Day is usually observed on the first Sunday in May. The day takes its name from Jeremiah 31:15–17, in which the matriarch Rachel grieves for her children. Rachel’s Day is a time to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear.
It started in one congregation, Bethel West in Chicago, and spread from there. At the 1996 Women of the ELCA Triennial Convention, delegates passed a memorial on Rachel’s Day, brought by the Metropolitan Chicago Synodical Women’s Organization, resolving “that ELCA women encourage their congregations to recognize the first Sunday in May each year as Rachel’s Day.”
Churches continue to observe Rachel’s Day in order to broaden awareness of the violence suffered by children and to encourage taking action to address it.
There are still many who have never heard of the movement. This resource will help you begin to spread the word and plan your own celebration.