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Sherman Hicks to deliver First Pero Lecture

Examines impact of changing North American demographics on church, theological education


Posted Oct 1, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Sherman G. Hicks, director of ethnic specific/multicultural ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will inaugurate the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Lecture on Monday, October 8, at 11:30 a.m. His lecture, “The State of Multiculturalism in the ELCA” will look at the impact of the changing North American demographics on the ELCA and on theological education. The free lecture takes place at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street. It is sponsored by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at LSTC.

“Because multiculturalism is one of LSTC’s marks, we want to keep it front and center within this community. The Rev. Dr. Sherman G. Hicks has served in many capacities in this church and has addressed and continues to address daily the challenges that face us,” said the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Pero, director of the Pero Multicultural Center. “Because LSTC is preparing visionary leaders for service in the church, it is important that the picture of multiculturalism in the larger church and the society is brought to our attention in an intentional manner. Dr. Hicks is the ideal person to present that picture for our students and anyone who cares about the ELCA.”

About Sherman Hicks
The Rev. Dr. Sherman G. Hicks has served the church as a pastor, bishop, and an administrator. He has been the executive director, Multicultural Ministries Program Unit; mission director and coordinator of the African American/Black Outreach Strategy, Division for Outreach; senior pastor of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington, DC; bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod; assistant to the bishop of the Illinois Synod, (Lutheran Church in America); co-pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, East Orange, N.J.; and pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, Buffalo, N.Y.

Pastor Hicks has served on a number of boards including the Board of Regents and the Diversity National Advisory Board of Wartburg College; Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis.; National Mosaic Allied Voice; Lutheran Housing Services, Fairfax, Va.; Lutheran Services in America, Baltimore, Md.; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; and Bethphage Mission. He has served as president of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless, Chicago; the AIDS National Interfaith Network, Washington, D.C.; and the Council of Religious Leaders, Chicago. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Hicks is a graduate of Wittenburg University and Hamma School of Theology (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary).

About the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center
LSTC’s Multicultural Center, established in 2006, was renamed in 2011 to honor Albert “Pete” Pero Jr.’s efforts to make the Lutheran church a multicultural church. Dr. Pero was the first African Descent Lutheran in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in systematic theology. He was the first African Descent faculty member at LSTC, where he taught that our oneness in Christ through baptism leads us to “cultural self-transcendence” -- unity in diversity.

Each year, the Albert “Pete” Pero Multicultural Center sponsors month-long celebrations on campus of Hispanic, Native American/Alaska Native, African Descent, Asian/Pacific Islander, and European-American heritages and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

Grounded in Dr. Pete Pero’s idea of cultural transcendence, the vision for the Pero Multicultural Center includes cultural-specific programming that “helps people develop an awareness of their own cultures to give people the language to transmit that culture to others, enabling them to build bridges to other cultures.”


Cheryl Stewart Pero
Director, Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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