I have served in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) as an ordained minister since 2002. I have been pastor of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor since September, 2016; my 4th call.
There are many things I love about the community of King of Kings. Today, I am grateful for their willingness to explore complex problems such as racism. I also appreciate the extent to which the folks at King of Kings value and take inclusion seriously. We are a Reconciled In Christ congregation, meaning we invite, welcome, and include LGBTQ folks. We believe that #blacklivesmatter and began a study on racism last fall using Jim Wallis' book: America's Original Sin.
King of Kings is also filled with gifted musicians, thoughtful philosophers, and encouraging folks who care for the hurting in this world in numerous ways. They make me a better pastor by their witness.
The current events in the United States and in our world make proclaiming the Good News an increasing challenge. Still, it does not seem to be a matter of the Gospel being irrelevant, it is more relevant in the midst of tragedies than at any other time. It requires that we look deeper at the way things are intertwined and unfolding. It means that I have to be ever more diligent in locating myself in the story of Jesus Christ to effectively help others do the same.
It is a challenge that is both daunting and satisfying that makes me aware of the Holy Spirit in ways I cannot predict or deny. It remains a mysterious privilege
I thank you for taking the time to listen with me and to me in this space.
May the stories, sermons, and poetry you read here bring you hope.
Call the church office at 734-971-1417 or email me at Pastor@kingofkingslutheran.org
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