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Multicultural Center: Featured Past News & Events

Here we feature past news and events of interest to our constituencies.

News Releases and articles about Multicultural Center related news, activities and events:

Letter of Thanks for Native American Heritage Month

Christie Anderson M.Div Student
From the Nov. 28, 2011 issue of The Door

Native American Heritage Month’s Waters, Rights and Rituals week of lectures and events at LSTC was a great success. Many thanks extended to the Multicultural Center and especially to Vance Blackfox for his hard work in coordinating, planning and hosting the events with excellent hospitality.

The lectures by Vance Blackfox “Swimming Upstream: Water and Fishing Rights,” Rev. Gordon Straw “Dip and Pour: Religious Rites and Rights,” and Prairie Rose Seminole “Without Water: Food Deserts in Indian Country” were informative and connected ethics with real live justice is-sues that face Native Americans across the country.

The use of stories brought these issues to life. The Indian Taco Dinner brought people together in a great way and really—how do the tacos just keep getting better?! Thank you to Vance and Haley for teaching and guiding all who helped make the meal and for working so hard.

Finally, thank you for the Circle in the Quad, which brought the respect for land right here to LSTC. It honored Native American traditions regarding land as well as called us to see that this land in the midst of the city is a sacred home for many. Sharing of your heritage and raising of the issues that exist for Native Americans helps us in our understanding of the issues and empowers us to move toward justice. Thank you, Vance for your hard work. The LSTC community is blessed to have such events.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. legacy and impact celebrated at LSTC

Posted Dec 15, 2010

In the era of President Barack Obama and a divided Congress, in a time of national uncertainty and during a resurgence of racial and ethnic tensions, in a city that grieves the number of school children killed by gang violence, in the context of a faith community that seeks peace and justice, the legacy and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent theology, social agenda, and vision for a united America is more important than ever.

On Monday, January 17 at 11 a.m., LSTC President James Kenneth Echols, editor of I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of Multicultural America (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), is the preacher for a  Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration service at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. Read more.

Cheryl Stewart Pero, Kimberley Ferguson to lead Multicultural Center

Posted May 25, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero has been appointed director of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s Multicultural Center. Ms. Kimberley Ferguson has been appointed associate director of the center. Stewart Pero’s one-year appointment begins July 1, 2010.

Stewart Pero succeeds the Rev. Dr. José David Rodríguez, who will complete 18 months as director.

Leader in the church and among communities of color
Stewart Pero completed her Ph.D. in New Testament at LSTC in 2010 and became the first African American Lutheran woman to earn that degree. In 1980, she became the second African American woman ordained in the Lutheran Church in America (LCA). After briefly serving on the churchwide staff of the LCA, Stewart Pero served parishes in Chicago and worked in campus ministry for 12 years.

Stewart Pero also serves as Director of the Conference of International Black Lutherans (CIBL), an organization that brings together Black Lutherans from around the world for theological discussion and dialogue, to develop contextualized theological education programs, and works to facilitate the spiritual and physical liberation of all people.

During the 2009-2010 academic year Stewart Pero has been LSTC’s Pastor to the Community.

Offering hospitality and administrative support
Kimberley Ferguson brings years of experience providing a welcome and support to both visitors to and members of the LSTC community, but also to new refugees to the United States.

For ten years, Ferguson has served as one of the first people visitors meet when they call or come to LSTC. Her welcome sets the tone for their positive experience with LSTC. During her time at LSTC, Ferguson has offered administrative support to the finance office and, thanks to her understanding and interest in diverse cultural communities and gift for languages, she will now provide these qualities in a leadership role for the Multicultural Center.

Prior to coming to LSTC, Ferguson worked for World Relief, a non-profit agency that assisted refugees worldwide begin new lives in the U.S.

For more information call 773-256-0760 or email
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Cheryl Pero
Director, The Multicultural Center at LSTC

Kimberley Ferguson
Associate Director, The Multicultural Center at LSTC

Phone: 773-256-0760

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