Local Lutherans rethink King Day

Staff Writer

The Lutheran School of Theology is changing they way they celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Pero Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will host a multicultural-themed worship service and follow it with a luncheon discussion.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, the Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E. 55th St., will host a multicultural-themed worship service. Jose David Rodriguez, director of the Advanced Studies Program will preside. The Rev. Liz Munoz, associate priest at St. James Cathedral, will preach.

A luncheon will follow the service, said Francisco Herrera, program assistant at the Multicultural Center. Luncheon tables will engage in discussions about how to bring multicultural themes into the community.

“Martin Luther King Jr. was right when he said the hour between 10 and 11 a.m. is the most segregated hour in the U.S.,” Herrera said. “We need to talk about how we [are] really combatting racism within the context of the church, how issues of our diverse country impact the world in which we live and how we as Christians respond to that.”

King was referring to racial divisions among churchgoers when he said the hour between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday is the most segregated hour of the week.
The discussion during the luncheon will not be lead by one speaker, like in years past. Each table will be encouraged to come up with their own ideas.

Reservations for this complimentary event can be made by calling 773-865-1379 or sending an e-mail to Herrera at fherrera@lstc.edu.