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38 theses for 21st-century Lutherans

Black theologians claim and critique their Lutheran heritage

"Cultural diversity is a gift of God. There is a plurality of cultural ways of being Lutheran [that] enhances ... our unity in Jesus Christ."

So reads thesis No. 1 of the 38 that were symbolically nailed to a replica of the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, by nearly 100 Lutherans of African descent who met there Oct. 25-31.

For the Conference of International Black Lutherans, which explored the theme "Confession for the Third Millennium: Black Lutheran Experiences," the 38 theses celebrated, critiqued and reconceived Lutheran heritage.


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