They’ve been friends for more than 25 years, since they were students at the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia: Mary W. Anderson, pastor of Incarnation Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C., and Julius Carroll, director for ELCA African descent ministries with Multicultural Ministries for six years who in July joined the faculty of Lutheran Southern Seminary, Columbia.
Responding to the national debate arising from the preaching of Jeremiah Wright, retired pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Anderson wrote a column in Incarnation’s newsletter that drew comments of appreciation both from her white parishioners and from her African-American friends who encouraged her to send it to the city newspaper.
When The Lutheran invited her to explore some of her ideas and questions with an African-American Lutheran pastor, she immediately turned to her computer—and to Carroll. Here is their e-mail conversation, edited for length.
|Mary W. Anderson|
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