You want to do your part to confront systemic racism.
Start by helping us build a curriculum to raise up a new generation of racially inclusive and culturally sensitive clergy, church workers, and community leaders. The Institute of Black Lutheran Studies and Center for Social Justice offers the opportunity for people of all vocations to study Black-American history, thought, and identity, especially in the Lutheran tradition, and to put that study into action.
YOUR DONATION WILL HELP SUPPORT:
-- The employment of professors, researchers and theologians who will develop a research-based, culturally informed curriculum grounded in Scripture.
-- A scholarship program that will benefit leaders and congregations in underserved communities.
-- The development of educational resources for congregations, equipping them to respond creatively to the contemporary challenges in their own neighborhoods.
Every tax-deductable donation, whether it’s $1, $10, or $10,000, goes directly to the founders of The Institute, The Black Clergy Caucus of the Lutheran Church, a federally recognized 501(c)(3).
The Institute uses a two-pronged approach, employing both academia and action:
1) THE INSTITUTE OF BLACK LUTHERAN STUDIES
Faithfully Lutheran, we will be grounded in Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Authentically Black, we will reflect upon the history, thought, and praxis of Black communities and thought leaders over the centuries. Together, the goal is to advance research in Black Lutheran history, thought, and identity to prepare our students to equip, recruit, and disciple catechumens, laity, and church workers. The Institute will consist of two program divisions: Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Master of Theology (Th.M.).
2) THE CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
The Center for Social Justice supports research across the disciplines to understand injustice in all its forms and respond "with actions and in truth" (1 John 3:18), from a Lutheran perspective. Being multidisciplinary, we will prepare faculty, clergy, entrepreneurs, teachers, community leaders, and church workers to respond creatively to our contemporary challenges while providing churches, schools, RSOs, and neighborhoods with the tools they need to be self-supporting, self-propagating, and self-governing. The Center advances the theory of The Institute with praxis.
Help jumpstart an institution rooted in our Christian identity that will pursue racial reconciliation and reform for generations to come.
LUTHERANS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE is proud to spotlight this project. Every donation goes directly to the Black Clergy Caucus of the LCMS to be used as a seed money to jumpstart The Institute.
- Nelly and Joel Sanford
- Bethel Lutheran Church
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