We are living in a moment of such tremendous rebuilding. Those of you who are joining the seminary as new students this fall have made significant investments of time and effort and income to begin a journey that may challenge the very foundations of your identities. Along the way you will encounter people you have been taught to regard as foreigners, even enemies, who may become your most valuable conversation partners.
I do not want just a little. Just enough for me and mine. I want more. I want it all. A place at the table for everyone born. Everyone in, no one left out. Forward together, not one step back.
Content notice: The following message concerns the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other acts of violence against Black people in the United States. It was written with the community of students, staff, and faculty at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) in mind. I am sharing it publicly … Continue reading A Pastoral Message on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Countless Others