Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Lecture
Sherman G. Hicks
October 8, 2012
The Rev. Dr. Sherman G. Hicks, director of ethnic specific/multicultural ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, inaugurates the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Lecture with his lecture, “The State of Multiculturalism in the ELCA”. The lecture considers the impact of the changing North American demographics on the ELCA and on theological education. It is sponsored by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at LSTC.
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About the speaker
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.”