The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'I felt welcomed, and I stayed'

Who's your neighbor? Whom can you invite?

Sherman G. Hicks became a Lutheran in third grade when white classmates invited him to church. “I felt welcomed, and I stayed,” he said.

Now Hicks is executive director of ELCA Multicultural Ministries. His childhood experience taught him about openness and invitation, key pieces for the ELCA as it moves forward in its commitment to becoming a multicultural church.

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Blessed Madugba (back) supervises youth preparing for a rummage sale at True Light Lutheran Christian Church, Streamwood, Ill. The Mandarin-languagecongregation is diversifying by offering a servicein English.
ELCA membership has dipped below 5 million. Meanwhile, membership has exploded in some ELCA mission churches and partner congregations abroad, prompting some to call America’s largest Lutheran body “the new mission field.”

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