Celebrating Black Joy

Students and staff of color at LSTC, in collaboration with Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA, African Descent Lutheran Association and the LSTC Antiracism Transformation Team have organized 2021 Black History Month events around the theme “Celebrating Black Joy.”

Black History Month 2021 at seminary LSTC

Celebrating Black Joy events

NOTE: To register for all of the events below, simply register one time through this form. If you prefer to register for events individually, click the link provided below the outlined event.

You may also download the Black History Month event flier.

In-Person Opportunity

Black Joy through Art Exhibit
Date/Time: February 1-26, all day
Location: Art will be displayed in the windowns of The Refectory. Be sure to grab a bite to eat after your visit!
Provided by Gallery Guichard

Virtual Opportunities

Black Joy Worship Service
Date/Time: Monday, February 1 at 11:15 a.m. CST
Details: Community worship with a libation ritual. The guest preacher for this service is Nikkeya Berryhill. Berryhill is a writer, creative arts practitioner, social-justice minded, dreamer, wonderer, questioner, analyzer, deep thinker, and deep laugher.
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Black Joy Worship Service
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 3 at 11:15 a.m. CST
Details: Community worship with guest preacher Rev. Robert E. Biekman. Biekman is a native Chicagoan and currently serves as Director for Evangelical Mission and Associate to the Bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago synod of the ELCA. Read Biekman's full bio here.
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Celebrating Black Joy: Perspective from a Panel
Date/Time: Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m. CST
Panelists: Nicole Anderson Cobb, educator, activist, award-winning playwright, and journalist; Shaunna Payne Gold, educator, administrator and diversity and equity consultant; Lamont Anthony Wells, national president of ADLA and program director for Campus Ministry in the ELCA; and Rozella Haydee White, public theologican, spiritual life coach, writer and consultant. Denise Rector, LSTC PhD student, will serve as panel moderator.
Download the event flier.
Watch the recording.

Black Joy Worship Service
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 10 at 11:15 a.m. CST
Details: Community worship with guest preacher Rev. Charles M. Straight. Straight is currently Pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton, Illinois and heads a Social Justice Ministry, The Next Movement, under the Faith UMC umbrella.
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Sitting with a Beloved Ancestor: James Cone and the Complexity of Black Joy
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. CST
Presenter: Dr. Marvin Wickware Jr., assistant professor of church and society and ethics at LSTC, and a student of James Cone.
Download the event flier.
Watch the recording.

Black Joy Worship Service
Date/Time: Monday, February 15 at 11:15 a.m. CST
Details: The guest preacher for this service is Pastor Fanya Burford-Berry. Burford-Berry is an LSTC alum and serves as a mission redeveloper with Mosaic Lutheran Church in the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago. She also serves on the LSTC Antiracism Transformation Team.
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Black Joy through Art Lunch and Learn
Date/Time: Monday, February 15 at Noon CST
Details: At its best, Public art seeks to embody public or universal concepts rather than commercial, partisan or personal concepts or interests. This panel will examine the ways Black joy is celebrated in public art. Chicago artists will be invited to share the ways their projects offer hope and healing to the communities they serve. Panelists: Tonika Johnson and Andre Guichard
Moderator: LaShonda Curry
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Black Voices of Transformation: A Virtual Spoken Word Event
Date/Time: Thursday, February 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. CST
Presenters/Details: African-American artists from Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Young Chicago Authors, and other local connections will perform poetry, rap, music and jokes for this interfaith, socially conscious and personally inspiring event. Tasmeen Jamila emcees and artists include actress and singer Maggie Brown, spoken-word artist K-Love, Emmy award-winning hip-hop musician J.Kwest, Louder than a Bomb Indy Finalist Adarah Hale, comedian Preacher Moss, poet Obbie West, and spoken word artist Jason Williams.
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Watch the recording.

Complicated Joy: A Conversation on Black Joy in the Movement for Black Lives
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. CST
Presenters: Rev. Dr. Waltrina N. Middleton. Dr. Middleton is a passionate preacher and keynote speaker, and has shared a vision and message of faith, love and justice in diverse settings across the world. They serve as Executive Director of the Community Renewal Society.
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Watch the recording.

Black Joy Revival
Date/Time: Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. CST
Details: Join the LSTC community in celebrating Black joy in worship and word.
Register here

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