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Variations of Expression of the Spirit

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The Spirit speaks to us, and through us in many different ways..

and because of the different variations of how we were wonderfully and beautifully made,

we connect with one another as children of the Creator

Multiculturalism should not be a new concept, because if you ponder this, we as humankind have always been multicultural,

in some way or fashion.

What is a treasure to experience when two or three are gathered, is how we testify and proclaim the Gospel authentically

reverberates within, sharing the fellowship and worship

Once more the community of faith was gathered to hear a variation of Psalm 1 through many modes of music and spoken word

and to celebrate the work that the Pete Pero Multicultural Center contributes to the life here at LSTC

important work, because throughout this walk of a continuous spiritual journey

Seminary should be one of the places we learn to walk by faith, with the freedom to be faithful to one another

“Founded in 2009, the Pero Multicultural Center of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is a resource for the whole church (local congregations, synods, seminary communities, and the church-wide expression) and for all our cultures. Our purpose is to bring together laity and pastors, students and theologians, and all others to candidly and prayerfully discuss how issues related to race impact the North American church and society. Our mission also addresses basic questions and issues related to leading and nurturing multicultural congregations.”


Free Your Mind, and Your Vote Will Follow

Voting is a basic civil rights as a citizen of these United States.

But it seems that our rights to express ourselves, who we wish to lead, because they understand what it means

to be a servant to all,

is endangered

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*[5] WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has recently held Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, a holding that four of the Court’s nine justices believe “terminates the remedy that proved to be best suited to block that discrimination” (US Supreme Court, Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 2012 (2013), dissenting opinion by Justice Ginsburg ; and

* [6] WHEREAS, this church has recognized that many find it difficult to participate in public life “because of racial or ethnic barriers, and it has committed to “actively promote a public life worthy of the name … encourage public witness by members, and stand publicly as a church against injustice” (ELCA Social Statement on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture, p. 6); and

*[7] WHEREAS, this church has established, as a matter of social policy, that it “will support legislation, ordinances, and resolutions that guarantee … to all citizens, the right to vote” (ELCA Social Statement on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture, p. 7)

 

Sometimes we find when we are called to this ministry and mission,

We find out voice, we raise our voice, we pour out our passions

Nurtured, empowered along this Seminarian journey allows for the foundation and the encouragement for

what God has called us all to

to actually be lived out

Because of this place, and the community within, it helped me fuel writing this Voters Rights Social Policy Resolution, presented to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly last year-

and assisted by wonderful fellow sisters and brothers in Christ, some who were alums of LSTC

Seminary community never is far from you, even as we leave and enter new communities of faith

many whom we are called to lead

Seminary pours into who we are as a collective community of faith, the knowledge and wisdom to actively do theology

to proclaim prophetically what the Good News means for all of humanity

reminding us why we are here

to serve those who have been forgotten by this world,

reminding them that they are children of God.

I recently attended the Conference of Bishops to explore this timely issue once more

and I am so very thankful that the wider community of faith

is hearing the call

of freeing our minds and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us

towards justice, mercy and peace.

Thanks Be To God-

your friendly neighborhood Blogging Seminarian.


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