A Different Lens on 3rd Sundays most months

For the last year, we’ve been exploring different lenses on faith and God and the Bible through the perspective of people of Color on one Sunday a month.

Speakers like Rev. Dr. Steed Davidson, Deacon David Rojas Martinez, Lori Gordon, Rev. Tuhina Rasche, Rev. Kelly Chatman, Rev. Mytch Dorvilier, Rev. Verlon Brown, and Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer have shared perspectives on faith from the angle of post-colonialism, being a refugee, racial identities and queer identities. You can read more about all of these folks on previous Different Lens blog about the series. If you want to go back and watch them, you can find them on our YouTube Different Lens Playlist. Why are we doing this?

Why are we doing this?

The “Tradition” 

Much of what most of us are taught or absorb about faith and what to understand about the Bible was constructed by white men a long time ago. Listening to people of other identities and social locations can illuminate more of who God is, what God has done and is doing. 

In this series we hear the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous people, and other people of color), Queer folx and other voices from the margins. The hope is that we open up our theological imagination to broader understandings of these ancient texts, who God is, what God is up to, and who God is for. Maybe we also expand our image of what a faith leader looks like.


What happens: 

On the third Sunday, instead of a sermon, Pastor Holly introduces a BIPOC and/or Queer Christian faith leader.  They tell us a biblical story biblical story/passage that has meaning for them from their social location/identities. 


Here’s our Latest Lineup of Experts:


(By experts, I mean they are trained faith leaders, and they are the foremost experts on their own experiences in the world):

On May 18th, we will learn from Rev. Louis Tillman,  the Pastor of St. Philip’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore. St. Phillip’s  is the oldest African American Lutheran Church in North America. It was started as an African American church by a pastor who was recently freed out of slavery. St. Philip’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will be celebrating their 130th Anniversary on October 18, 2020.






On July 18th, we learn from Rev. Jenny Sung. Jenny is a pastor and mission developer with St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi and the Depot Church, and can often be found in the public sphere finding out what people need, or walking/marching alongside neighbors for justice. Jenny is an adopted Korean woman preacher, dancer, and writer.





On August 15th, we’ll learn from Rev. Angela Khabeb, who serves Holy Trinity Lutheran Church down the street near Lake Street. If you worked with the mutual aid efforts last summer, Pastor Angela was often working the line, laughing with people and keeping things light and fun. She is originally from Omaha, NE, but has also called home Chicago, Kenosha, WI, Denver, CO, Springfield, MO, and Namibia, Africa.





Check back for more updates for future months!