The Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will host its eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 15 starting with worship at 11 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.
Ms. Jené Colvin will preach on the theme “Let Justice Roll Down,” using both Dr. King’s speech and Amos 5 as her text. Pastor Erik Christensen will preside and Mather’s More than a Café Chorus will be the special musical guest.
A free lunch in the LSTC Refectory follows worship. After lunch, there will be a program of conversations and questions with Mather’s More than a Café Chorus members about their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement.
About Jené Colvin
Minister Colvin serves as Administrative Coordinator for Community Engagement and Transformation at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. She is a gifted preacher who is both Program Manager and a Mentee of WomanPreach! Inc. She earned a master of divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan. She has worked in academe as a research assistant for Duke University, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and the Research Lab on Race and Self-Destructive Behavior; as an educational assistant at McCormick Theological Seminary; and as Program Coordinator of The Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network. Before entering seminary, Colvin was an associate minister at Second Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, Mich.
About Mather’s More than a Café Chorus
In 2004, Mather’s More than A Café in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, began offering choral sessions for their customers, who are adults over 50. The three Chicago locations of Mather’s More than a Café offer places for older adults to eat well, learn well and age well. Along with a reasonably-priced breakfast and lunch menu, Mather’s offers classes, programs, and activities that include author presentations, musical events, trips to local performances, and out-of-town tours. Learn more at matherlifeways.com.
About Erik Christensen
In July 2017, Christensen was called as LSTC’s Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship. He served as pastor with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square since 2006. He is a frequent contributor to Augsburg Fortress’ “Sundays & Seasons” materials. He also is the co-author of “Worship Matters: An Introduction to Worship” and “In These or Similar Words: Crafting Language for Worship.” He has served as project director for a grant to the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship to explore the connections between storytelling, testimony and Christian proclamation. Christensen has been a leader in a number of organizations working on a wide range of justice issues.
About the Pero Multicultural Center
Founded in 2009, the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center of LSTC is a resource for the whole church (local congregations, synods, seminary communities, and the church-wide expression) and for all our cultures. Its 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. Its mission also addresses basic questions and issues related to leading and nurturing multicultural congregations.
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