Dr. Stewart's blog: http://rnstewart.blogspot.com/

Recommended books: Theology and the Black Experience (Albert Pero, Editor) and Black Christians: The Untold Lutheran Story (Jeff G. Johnson)

Lift Every Voice and Sing - arr. Roland M. Carter (WSSU Choir)


We welcomed back Rev. Dr. Lawrence J. Clark, II and Rev. Dr. Richard N. Stewart on February 24 to share their highly anticipated Part 2 of The Untold Story of Black Lutheran History. Past, present, and where we go in the future.

Rev. Lawrence (Larry) Clark is unashamedly African American and unapologetically Lutheran. He earned a BA in United States History from San Francisco State University, an MDiv with an emphasis in Urban & Youth Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH), and a DMin with honors from the historic Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA). Rev. Clark is known as one of those singing preachers and is both honored and humbled to serve as the Senior Pastor of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL. He is one of three chaplains with the Chicago Fire Department and an active ELCA Coach, while also serving on the Leadership Team for ELCA Coaching. Rev. Clark is married to Darlene Gibson-Clark, the First Lady of his life and of St. Mark Lutheran, and they are the proud parents of four children.

Believing that the leader in congregational ministry is primarily a communicator, Rev. Richard Stewart has shaped his ministry and studies around communication and congregational ministry. "As congregational leaders plan, teach, preach, and administer, they focus on sharing both information and the skills for others to pass on information. That information in written and oral speech, music, the pictorial arts, the theater, dance, and in all sorts of human behavior are ways we share the Word of God." Rev. Stewart is Adjunct Professor and Graduate Advisor in Administration, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Communications at United Lutheran Seminary (Philadelphia, PA). He earned a BA from Wittenberg University and an MDiv from Hamma School of Theology (both in Springfield, OH). Rev. Stewart also earned a DMin from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he was an Associate Professor for 33 years. He has also been researching African American Lutheran History for nearly 35 years!

If you missed Part 1 or would like to watch it again: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media/2020-07-15-the-untold-story-black-lutheran-history-part-1


As a bonus, and as part of Black History Month, we received the following videos from our friends at Hephatha Lutheran Church, Milaukee, WI, to share with all of you:

We are sharing a link here to a video piece in which the Hephatha Work Ministry youth and supporting adults meditated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's 1963 March on Washington speech. The work ministry then wrote, in response to Dr. King's words, what they dream about in our collective future. This video is a compilation of those dreams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bk9bWLec_o

The second link that we are sharing is a video of Deanna Branch reciting a poem that she wrote for her young boys, Jaidyn and Aidan. Deanna is a young mom, who in January 2020 went into the hospital with respiratory and kidney failure and gratefully returned home in May 2020. Her faith and strength are intact, and her words to her boys are deeply meaningful for all of them personally, but also for all of us as we listen to her recitation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOtegW2ZTmM

If you missed their time with us on August 12, you can watch that recording here: To Be "Young, Gifted and Black" Servants of God