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Congregation blends cultures, stories

An example of how to bring various cultures together is Lutheran Church of the Wilderness in Bowler, Wis., located east of Wausau.

Potlucks at Lutheran Church of the
Potlucks at Lutheran Church of the Wilderness in Bowler, Wis., reflect a diverse membership in a congregation that had been an ethnic-specific ministry.
Those who worship there include members of several tribal nations: the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, Menominee, Ho-Chunk and Oneida, and people of European and African descent.

“This church has really rallied,” said Marilyn Sorenson, director for ELCA American Indian and Alaska Native Ministries and racial justice. “I hold up this church as a model of what existed and what can be.”

This spirit of multiculturalism didn’t happen overnight. Founded as an ethnic-specific ministry for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, the church dates back to the 1930s in the Midwest and was originally a mission congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Church of the Wilderness still receives mission support from the ELCA, but it has devoted ministries to mission outreach as well. In 2005 the congregation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its building.


Comments

Rik

Rik

Posted at 6:22 pm (U.S. Eastern) 6/24/2009

"...the church dates back to the 1930s in the Midwest and was originally a mission congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. "

I wonder why it is not still a member church of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.  The LCMS tend to be a very loving church body, with a "high view" of God's revelation in Holy Scripture.  They continue to bring the Light of the Good News to people of many and various unique cultures in word and deed, and it is exciting to see what they are doing today with Ablaze!, a movement for reaching more and more people with the love of Jesus!  May God's Word continue to reach all peoples that sinners everywhere may learn of Him who became the perfect Sacrifice for all sinners, our Atonement that we may live as a "new creation" and one day join in our homecoming in Heaven where we will see Him face to face.  "What comefort this sweet sentence gives":  I know that my Redeemer lives, He is Risen, He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!!!  

 



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