BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Join the Metropolitan New York Synod as we reflect on and celebrate African-American history and the significant roles that generations upon generations of African-Americans have played in shaping our history.
 
Our Synod is blessed with a rich diversity of people and cultures. Anti-racism strategies are a high priority for our Bishop, The Rev. Paul Egensteiner. The Bishop's Advocacy Taskforce is actively implementing anti-racism efforts, as this is an essential element of the Bishop's 2025 Vision. Strategies such as this are geared both inward, for the sake of the Church, and outward, for the sake of the World, so that we may all be treated and viewed as God sees us, as EQUALS.
Visit our ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES page. 
 
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A MESSAGE FROM OUR BISHOP

"Black History Month provides a precious opportunity to hear the stories of black, indigenous, and people of color siblings, to immerse ourselves in that experience, and to continue the painful but necessary work of turning, turning together from a shameful past to a brighter future. This month provides an opportunity for all of us to be more aware, more educated, bolder, and more committed to the work of justice to which we were first committed in Baptism.

We, members of the Metropolitan New York Synod, Church together, will trust in Jesus and walk with one another to continue the necessary work Jesus proclaimed. We will follow our black, indigenous, and POC siblings of years past, and our present companions who have themselves trusted and suffered and, through it all, kept faith."
 
READ THE FULL MESSAGE HERE
 
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STORIES FROM OUR SYNOD
A MESSAGE FROM BRANDEN DUPREE, ASSISTANT TO THE BISHOP/DIRECTOR FOR EVANGELICAL MISSION

"Let’s be clear – the demographics are changing. Our church is growing younger, more multicultural, multilingual, and intentionally anti-racist. If the community and leaders that you are trying to reach change, your vision needs to change along with them.
 
The gospel is never irrelevant to the culture, but outdated church models continue to ignore divine disruption and miss the missional opportunity to innovate. Congregations and leaders don’t need to be experts, but we do need to pay attention, with intention. As manifested by our Ecumenism, our interconnectedness urges us to be learning communities intersected through mission and vision.
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READ THE FULL MESSAGE HERE
 
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STORIES FROM OUR SYNOD
A MESSAGE FROM BRANDEN DUPREE, MNYS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

"As an African American staff member of the MNYS, I take my responsibilities as an Administrative Assistant very seriously. I use the position I have to downplay the negative stereotypes People of Color have been labeled with by the media, by coming into the office early and working late into the evening.
 
The Love of God has a way of keeping you focused and centered when chaos is all around, helping you see clearly what truly matters."
 
READ THE FULL MESSAGE HERE
 
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FROM OUR PARTNERS: THE AFRICAN DESCENT LUTHERAN ASSOCIATION IN METRO NY

"In 1991, excavators for a new federal office building in Manhattan unearthed the remains of more than 400 Africans stacked in wooden boxes, sixteen to twenty-eight feet below street level. The cemetery dated back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and its discovery ignited an effort by many Northerners to uncover the history of the institutional complicity with slavery.
Through it all, from running away and launching revolts to establishing progressive churches, schools, abolition, and mutual aid societies, Black New Yorkers, enslaved and free, resisted and fought back.
We need many more markers to tell their heroic story."
 
READ MORE HERE.
 
 

Black History Is American History: 1619 to 2021
"At the heart of the 400th anniversary of slavery, there is a story of endurance, and of how people brought from Africa against their wills played an integral role in the American story. They brought their God-given talents, knowledge, and drive to live in a land that enslaved not only their bodies, but their souls and spirits. We have to rethink the place of those Africans in history. They are not just victims. They survived and contributed.
We can and we must do better.
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READ MORE HERE.
 

Black History Is American History
1619-2021

"Lift Every Voice and Sing
The hymn opens with a resounding celebration of liberty, “a song full of the faith” and “a song full of the hope." The mood darkens as the song recalls the deadly cruelty and bloody path of enslavement: “Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chast'ning rod.” The song ends by affirming our mighty God, who knows our “weary years” and “silent tear” and leads us into the light
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READ MORE HERE.
 
 
Black History Is American History: Political Timeline For African Americans
If they don't give you a seat at the table – bring a folding chair” – Shirley Chisholm
"In 2008 Illinois state senator Barak Obama became the first black presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, making him the first African-American presidential candidate from a major political party. He was elected as the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and served two terms.
Kamala D. Harris was elected Vice President in 2020 after a lifetime of public service, having being elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator."

READ MORE HERE.

Resources from ADLA NY:
In addition to the above resources, there are many other articles and books that inform the impact of slavery in New York and New York State.
 
 

EVENTS: 

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FROM OUR PARTNERS: PREACHING WITH POWER

March 14-17
Online

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the United Lutheran Seminary's (ULS) Preaching with Power, presenting the finest in African American preaching. Preaching with Power features distinguished African American preachers and Theologians. 

For the brochure, click HERE

All events will be held online and posted on the ULS YouTube channel.
 
 
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FROM OUR PARTNERS: CELEBRATING BLACK JOY

February 1 - 26 
Virtual events each week

Free virtual events from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to touch the mind, body and spirit through worship, academic discussions, poetry, artwork, and song.“So often, Black people are invited to teach others through the lens of their pain. This Black History Month, let us explore the resilience of the Black people through the intricacy of Black joy,” said Sharei Green, a master of divinity student at LSTC, co-planner with master of divinity student Stephen Styles of this year’s celebration.

To register, click HERE.
 
 
 
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