The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Rev. Kenneth Wheeler who will speak about his experiences as a Black American Lutheran in the Midwest.
This free event, “A Pastor’s Cry of Lament and Hope,” is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Good Shepherd Lutheran, 701 Iowa Ave, Decorah. It is co-sponsored by the Northeastern Iowa Synod Racial Justice Network, along with Good Shepherd, Decorah Lutheran and First Lutheran of Decorah.
Wheeler is a retired ordained Black Evangelical Lutheran pastor and former assistant to the bishop for the Milwaukee Area Synod, ELCA. A native of Jackson, Miss., Wheeler earned a B.A. in Religion from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and an M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has served congregations in the Midwest and is a guest lecturer at Wartburg Theological Seminary on pastoral leadership in the 21st century.
Wheeler is on a national tour to Lutheran colleges and seminaries, and will read from his new book US: The Resurrection of American Terror. Wheeler will also preach at First Lutheran, Decorah, on Sunday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., and will speak at Luther College on May 1.