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The way we were: 1954

California congregation members take a lunch break during construction of their building

 Members of St. Philip Lutheran Church, Oakland, Calif., take a lunch break during construction of their building at 42nd and Grove streets.

Members of St. Philip Lutheran Church, Oakland, Calif., take a lunch break during construction of their building at 42nd and Grove streets.

A mission of the former Augustana Synod, the congregation was officially organized Sept. 26, 1954, with members and assets transferring from Harbor Homes Lutheran Church, a mission effort from 1951 to 1954.

St. Philip dissolved Feb. 13, 1993.


Comments

Richard Hostin

Richard Hostin

Posted at 12:29 pm (U.S. Eastern) 4/19/2010

St. Philips Church brings back old memories of our Augustana Synod.  I remember meeting the pastor at a Luther League Retreat on the campus of Cal Western University in Point Loma, San Diego, during the summer of 1955.  The California district of the Augustana Synod also had a Spanish Mission in East Los Angeles that was pastored at that time by Rev. Bernt Johnson.  Augustana was a leader in home mission work and was by far ahead of the other synods in trying to reach out to other non traditional Lutheran peoples.  The pastor from St. Philips, whom I don't remember his name, was an interesting and dynamic black individual.  He brought a diversity to our Luther League camp that was pretty well unknown to us at that time.  It is somewhat troubling that our present ELCA seems to have regressed from recognizing and reaching out to the communities of color in this country.  We still tend to be an all white church.  What a shame.   



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