One of the tools I consider a godsend, Luther’s Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections, was edited by the Rev. Dr. Joseph M. Bocko and released in 2019. The catechism follows the style and format of Martin Luther’s original work on religious beliefs, practices, and rituals. The contributors to the African descent edition infused the text with stories, examples, and explanations from those who span the spectrum of the African diaspora.
This resource serves readers of many backgrounds. It helps people of African descent see themselves as fundamental to Lutheranism. It supports others to craft resources from their perspectives. For people of European descent, the book affirms a more inclusive understanding of Lutheran heritage.
Lutheranism didn’t spring from a solid cultural or national identity. It came from people learning, discussing, praying, gathering, and growing. What remains constant is that each of us who takes up the catechism has a place and a stake it what it means to be Lutheran.
This message is excerpted from “I wanted my daughter to feel Lutheran too.” by Karris A. Golden in the May 2020 Gather magazine. Today is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost.
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