Biennially since 2008, Concordia Seminary has partnered with the leadership of our ethnic communities to host a Multi-Ethnic Symposium, held within the Epiphany emphases of God’s Light for all nations.
This year’s theme focuses on Ethnic communities as “Communities of Hope” not only because Christ has given them the sure hope of eternal life in the new creation, but also because they are communities that bring this hope into the diverse communities around them. In this symposium, we will explore how ethnic communities confess that hope through diverse cultural expressions, as we celebrate both the differences among us and the unity of the faith that we share.
In this symposium, we will engage the critical intersection of theology and culture. Then we will hear from those ethnic communities that remain a minority among us. What has the expression of our Lutheran theology and practice brought to these different communities of hope, and what gifts come to our Lutheran unity from the diversity of cultures? And finally, we will learn from one another on how to work toward a truly multi-ethnic LCMS?
- Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jack Schulz, Concordia Irvine and Prof. Greg Klotz, Taylor University
- Personal perspectives from ethnic communities: Dcs. Raquel Rojas (Bronx, NY), Dr. Getachew Kiros (Rialto, CA), Vicar Johnny Vang (Brooklyn Park, MN), Rev. Donald Anthony (Concord, NC), Mr. Steven Cohen (Apple of His Eye, St. Louis, MO), and Rev. Andy Wu (Chino Hills, CA)
- Multi-ethnic worship service and celebration Monday evening – Preacher: Rev. Deddeh (Landover Hills, MD), Worship Preparation: Kent Burreson and David Johnson (Concordia Seminary)
- Best practices and perspectives from the field: Chris Bodley (Chesterfield, MI), Giacomo Cassese (Miami, FL), Aaron Putnam (Hayward, CA) and Tony Lopez (Norwalk, CA)
The Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) will present its 9th Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. This year’s CHS lecture will bring to a conclusion the 4th Multi-Ethnic Symposium on the theme “Communities of Hope,” which starts on Monday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m.
The 9th Annual Lecture will continue the Multi-Ethnic Symposium’s theme of community, highlighting a Hispanic/Latino Lutheran contribution to this area of study. Dr. Giacomo Cassesse, Lutheran pastor, theologian, and published author, returns as our lecturer for a second time. He will speak on the topic “The Sense of Community among Hispanics/Latinos and the Future of the Church in the USA.”
The lecture will be in English and take place at Concordia Seminary’s Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium. Admission is free and no tickets will be issued.