The Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will host its ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 21 starting with worship at 11 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.
LSTC PhD student Denise Rector will preach on the theme “Healing in Such a Time as This.” The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero will preside and Mather’s More than a Café Chorus will be the special musical guest.
A multicultural potluck in the first floor of LSTC’s west wing follows worship. After lunch, there will be a screening and discussion of the film “Selma.”
About Denise Rector
Denise Rector is studying theological ethics in LSTC’s PhD program. She holds a master of divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary where her scholarship focused on the complicated yet constant intersection of race and ethics. Her essays on spiritual life have been featured in Gather, the magazine for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and serves on the Graduate Student Association at LSTC.
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 Cheryl Stewart Pero
Cheryl Stewart Pero served as director of the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center from 2010 until her retirement in 2017. Under her leadership the Pero Multicultural Center established the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, the Vine Deloria Jr. Symposium, the Albert “Pete” Pero Lecture and numerous other events that bring the community together to understand and appreciate the gifts of our many cultures and ethnicities. Pero has also taught “Reading the Bible through Multicultural Perspectives” and is a sought-after speaker across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. During the 2009-10 academic year she served as pastor to the community at LSTC. She is active in the Conference of International Black Lutherans and the African American Lutheran Association.
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.
Eddie A. Rosa-Fuentes, MDiv
Program Coordinator for the
Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center &
Zygon Center for Religion and Science
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.