February is celebrated across the nation as Black/African-American History Month. It is a time we can engage our youth groups, faith formation participants, small groups, worship and music planning teams, and mission partners around the vibrant and rich Black culture and history. During Black History Month we remember that to love our neighbor and seek justice for them in a way that can genuinely restore the missing pieces or broken places in our Christian community, we must first gain understanding and build healthy relationships. I pray that this February is a season of rich learning and deeper diving into the many contributions of African Descent Lutherans to our Christian family. A few ideas that may help “jumpstart” your journey are below!
Resources on African and African Descent History and the Church:
(Just A Few) African Descent Lutherans We Should All Know About:
ELCA Faith Formation and Conversational Resources On Black History and Racial Justice:
I hope you have found something that inspires you to dig deeper and to share with a friend! Truly, we are blessed by the diverse gifts of God’s many people. In February, we are especially grateful for the resilient and hopeful faith of people of African Descent.
Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Carla Christopher Wilson coordinates ministries of social justice including racial, LGBTQIA+, immigration, hunger, and poverty; and serves as staff liaison to the following committees: Criminal Justice System Ministry, Global Mission, Toward Racial Justice, World Hunger and Synod Worship. She is also Associate Pastor of Faith Formation and Outreach at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Lancaster.