We're kicking off Black History Month with a special announcement from siblings Dcs. Janine Bolling & Rev. Dr. Gerard Bolling.
Kobi Nichols sings LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING (LSB 964), lyrics by James Weldon Johnson and music by J. Rosamond Johnson. Learn how this poem turned into a hymn, which is often referred to as the Black national anthem.
Every February, we are reminded that Black History is not separate from American History. In this new, year-long American Literature curriculum, high school students are encouraged to study ALL of the voices that speak to the American experience in a way that instills empathy, joy, and an eagerness to better understand what it means to be an American.
Rev. Howard Lee Thomas III recounts the connection between Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr. -- and how it all inspired him to become a pastor in a city he was unfamiliar with: Houston's Third Ward.
As Sunday School teachers, classroom teachers, youth leaders, and children’s ministry champions, we have the chance to engage cross-culturally with our students and young people, while adding richly to our own cultures, in response to the gift of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Janine & Gerard explain as they introduce us to LCMS Deaconess Dorcel Dowdell, who discusses the challenges that have been facing her community in Toledo, Ohio, and how she'd like to see Christians respond.
From the underground meetings of the Antebellum era to the public mass gatherings of the Civil Rights era, Rev. Chris Paavola (LCMS) tracks the role that prayer has played in Black American history.
LCMS Pastor Johnathan Lewis reminds us of the generations that came before us as we raise up the future leaders of our church and world.
Rev. Matthew E. Borrasso shares a little-known story about the impact of the Birmingham church bombing on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
From the years that followed slavery through the Civil Rights era, Rev. Matthew E. Borrasso helps us understand our contemporary racial divides through the lens of history.
Lutheran teacher Kevin Williams shares what Black History Month means to him in the context of a predominantly Black Lutheran school.
"Black History Month is a wonderful time of celebration for the achievements and life experiences of one segment of God’s creation. It means so much to me to take the time to recognize those black people in history who shifted the trajectory of their circumstances. I especially find comfort and hope in the use of God’s Word by black Americans in these times of struggle and change. From the beginning of our nation’s history to today there have been many reasons for black Christians to feel hopeless and abandoned by God, but they clung to the truth of His presence in their life and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins as well as the sins of those privileged in society. February is a wonderful time for me to remember that the strength they received from the promises of God in the past is also extended to me in the present."
- Sarah Rusche, studying at Concordia Seminary -
Jarred Irby of Lutheran Development Group (LDG) shares what Black History Month means to him. LDG strengthens communities near churches in St. Louis through real estate development, community initiatives, ministry investment, and church engagement.
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Rev. James Robinson, campus ministry pastor at Martin Luther Chapel, shares how his travels in the Middle East changed his perspective on Black history as well as Biblical history.
Rev. Del Campbell shares about his work in Gary, Indiana as part of Mission Field USA Lutheran Church Planting.
Wondering how to feel about Black History Month as someone who is biracial or mixed race? AJ Vega of ACTS Church Leander walks us though his personal experience with the subject and talks about how God’s love is big enough for all.
Lutheran teacher, Theron Jenkins Jr. of Lutheran South Academy talks about how his perspective on Black History Month has changed over the years.
Where do we go from here? Siblings, Dcs. Janine Bolling & Rev. Dr. Gerard Bolling, close out Black History Month with some ideas on how to keep the spirit of this celebration going all year round.