October 26 Heritage Lecture Explores Relationship of Diverse Expressions of Faith to Lutheran Confessions September 30, 2005

The Rev. Dr. Albert "Pete" Pero will present "Contextualization for Ministry (Sitz im Leben) and the Lutheran Heritage: Alien or Allied?"as the 2005 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Heritage Lecture on October 26 at 1:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In an ecumenical and diverse Christian church, and in new cultural contexts, do the Lutheran Confessions take on an enriched understanding and function? Pero begins with the premise that the Christian faith is ecumenical and, therefore, is expressed externally in diversity. One culture cannot legislate faith to another culture; to attempt to do so would be alien to the Gospel. Pero will explore how the Lutheran Confessions, a product of a specific time and culture, may be an ally for Lutherans and other Christians of this time and culture as they seek to express their faith.

"We are delighted that our colleague, Prof. Pero, has consented to give the 2005 Heritage Lecture," said Dr. Kurt Hendel, the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History and director of the Heritage Lecture Series. " He has engaged Lutheran confessional theology and the theme of contextualization throughout his lengthy teaching and scholarly career, and we expect that he will address the topic of the lecture with creativity and passion."

The annual Heritage Lecture series is designed to provide a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition.

Dr. Albert "Pete" Pero is professor of systematic theology, emeritus, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His published works include Theology and the Black Experience: The Lutheran Heritage Interpreted by African and African-American Theologians, which he co-edited with Ambrose Moyo. The volume includes his essays, "Worship and Theology in the Black Context,' and "Being Black, Lutheran, and American in a Racist Society."

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