Trinity Institute 2016, “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice”

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Racial justice is a matter of life or death; we can’t afford to stay silent and tacitly accept the (mostly) invisible systems that support inequalities, create suffering, and deny human dignity. Rather, we need to have an open dialogue—a process that starts with listening.

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center is a partner site of the 2016 Trinity Institute, “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice.” The Institute runs from January 21- 23 and will be livestreamed at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. The Rev. Dr. Richard Perry Jr., professor of Church and Society and Urban Ministry, will lead the sessions at LSTC. To register, please contact Dr. Perry at

Trinity Institute 2016 recognizes that many of us avoid conversations about race because they’re difficult, uncomfortable, or could risk being perceived as prejudiced. The conversations in TI2016 will be learning opportunities: chances to talk skillfully in theological reflection groups about charged issues with people who might have differing perspectives, with less apprehension. These life-giving conversations will teach us more about the racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change.

This year’s speakers include Anna Deavere Smith, Nicholas Kristof, Emilie Townes, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Michele Norris, and others. Visit for more details.

About the Pero Multicultural Center

Founded in 2009, the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is a resource for the whole church (local congregations, synods, seminary communities, and the church-wide expression) and for all our cultures. Our purpose is to bring together laity and pastors, students and theologians, and all others to candidly and prayerfully discuss how issues related to race impact the North American church and society. Our mission also addresses basic questions and issues related to leading and nurturing multicultural congregations. The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Pero is the director of the Pero Multicultural Center.

About LSTC

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It prepares leaders for a public church in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provide resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.  To learn more about the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, visit


The Rev. Dr. Richard Perry Jr.

Professor of Church and Society and Urban Ministry


Angel Figueroa

Student Assistant, Albert “Pete” Pero Multicultural Center


Jan Boden

Director of Communications and Marketing