PROLOGUE: Matthew 2:12-16 -Amplified Version-
12 And having been warned [by God] in a dream not to go back to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.
The Flight to Egypt
13 Now when they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.”
14 So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15 He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet [Hosea]: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
- Going forward, this blog first and foremost, serves as a contribution to JUSTICE: FROM PASSION TO ACTION VIRTUAL SUMMIT of the ELCA African Descent Ministries Strategy Team, African Descent Ministries Desk, African Descent Ministries Cohort, & African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) plus Lutheran Advocacy. The virtual summit has been divided in two sessions as follows: Session I as listed above, Tuesday Evening , September 8 past; while Session II, under the banner of BEFORE WE VOTE: ISSUES, ACTIONS, OUTCOMES, was scheduled Thursday evening, October 8, 2020 past.
2. A report from Rev. Darryl Thompson Powell on the status of the Virtual Summit, addressed to this writer says:
“Dear (Pastor) Joel Washington (Khunanpu Sangoma), Thank you for registering for our first virtual summit. We had over 100 people registered and over 60 who were part of the Zoom meeting. For those who were unable to be with us (or just want to experience it again!), I’ve included a link below to the video on YouTube. Our next virtual summit will happen on Thursday, October 8, 7:30 PM (Eastern). It will continue the theme of “Justice” with an emphasis on the November elections. There will also be an update on the future changes in the national church… Peace! Rev. Darryl Thompson Powell ELCA African Descent Ministries“
3. As we write, the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Attorney General, who happens to be African American, has just announced the State’s Grand Jury refusal to indict the three Louisville policemen in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Accordingly, said Grand Jury found that Ms. Taylor’s killing was “justified.” More, no further charges in the death of Ms. Taylor are scheduled to be made involving the three shooting City cops. Said decision, to say the least, appears universally in-humane and unjust if not a gross outrage to Ms. Taylor”s family, the Black community, and the Movement for Black Lives under the slogan “Black Lives Matter.”
4. The above said, the ELCA African Descent Ministries virtual summitry, under the banners of “JUSTICE: Passion to Action” on the one hand or under BEFFORE WE VOTE: Issues, Actions, Outcomes, not only must hold and continue the “racial justice” line of development but indeed intensify the continuing hold going forward.
5. It is in this spirit that Reformation Church Chicago launches its Telephone Tuesdays Bible Study Group for Racial Justice Series with the opening topic: AFRICAN BY CHOICE: Kawaida Philosophy and Ethiopianist Theology in Racial Justice Ministry.
PLEASE JOIN US, Tuesday evenings, starting September 29th, 7 PM -Central Time- (Call-in # (727) 731-7760). We are an immediate Black Lutheran faith-community outcome following the DEM “90 Day Micro-Strategy” for racial justice organizing and congregational renewal. We invite virtual solidarity with our apostolate every Tuesday evening going forward.
EPILOGUE: An Ethiopian Receives Christ/Acts 8:26-40 -Amplified Version-
26 But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go south to the road that runs from Jerusalem down to Gaza.” (This is a desert road). 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch [a man of great authority], a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning, and sitting in his chariot he was reading [the scroll of] the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the [Holy] Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah, and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I [understand] unless someone guides me [correctly]?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now this was the passage of Scripture which he was reading:
“Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
“In humiliation His judgment was taken away [justice was denied Him].
Who will describe His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch replied to Philip, “Please tell me, about whom does the prophet say this? About himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip spoke and beginning with this Scripture he preached Jesus to him [explaining that He is the promised Messiah and the source of salvation]. 36 As they continued along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch exclaimed, “Look! Water! What forbids me from being baptized?” 37 [b][Philip said to him, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he replied, “I do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered that the chariot be stopped; and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord [suddenly] took Philip [and carried him] away [to a different place]; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at [c]Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the good news [of salvation] to all the cities, until he came to [d]Caesarea [Maritima].
Respectfully submitted: Rev. Joel Washington (Khunanpu Sangoma), Pastor, Council President, and Development Minister, Reformation Church Chicago; Deaconess Marsha Washington, Treasurer, Vice President and “We Home School” Minister; as well as, Baba Yusufu Mosley, Secretary and Restorative Justice Minister for Reformation Lutheran’s (“Young Obama’s organizing sanctuary”) ETHIOPIA UNBOUND PHONE CONFERENCE TUESDAYS as Bible Study Group, Updated 10-12-20
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“The Ethiopian movement was based on their interpretation of a Biblical passage (Psalm 68:31): “Ethiopia shall soon stretch forth its hands unto God” (in the original Hebrew, actually כוש Cush).
“The term was later given a much wider interpretation by Bengt Sundkler, whose book BANTU PROPHETS IN SOUTH AFRICA was the first comprehensive study of African Independent Churches (AICs)...
“Bengt G. M. Sundkler (May 7, 1908 Degerfors, Västerbotten, Sweden – April 5, 1995, Uppsala, Sweden) was a (Lutheran) Swedish-Tanzanian Church historian, missiologist, professor and bishop of Bukoba.“ -Wikipedia–
Full Disclosure: The philosophical and literary content of this Study Group Proposal/Mission Statement is indebted to the Kawaida (Tradition & Reason) African-Centered philosophy, which we’ve studied, dialogued with-for over 35 years-and advocate.
More, Kawaida is created, defined, and is advanced by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Afrocentricity Ethicist, Maatian Moral Teacher, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at California State University-Long Beach.
Dr. Karenga is the Creator of Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba. He is also the Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center/Us, Los Angeles, Chair of Us Organization, as well as Chair of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO), and Vice Chair of South Central Los Angeles’ Black United Front organized -under the banner of Black Community, Clergy, and Labor Alliance (BCCLA) .
Dr. Karenga is also the author of over 24 Books and innumerable scholarly and Black Press articles. His “Dr. Karenga Speaks” opinion weekly in the Los Angeles Sentinel, the highest circulation Black Press Weekly West of the Mississippi, serves as a model Kawaida philosophy opinion-making voice, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally (inside and outside the African world).
As we write, Dr. Karenga’s African American Cultural Center/Us presents its weekly Soul Session, Sunday, 9/27/20, 3:00pm PST | Topic: Dr. Karenga on “Sacred Offerings for Breonna’s Altar: Sacrifice, Service and Intensified Struggle.” Said presentation to be clearly added to our Study Group‘s discussion agenda going forward.
Author of ESSAYS ON STRUGGLE-Position and Analysis, 2016, Dr. Karenga has a forthcoming book who’s working title is “The Liberation Ethics of Minister Malcolm X (Al Hajj Malik Shabazz), Critical Consciousness, Moral Grounding, and Transformative Struggle.”
More too, Dr. Karenga is also the subject of an intellectual biography by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University, titled “Maulana Karenga, An Intellectual Portrait.”
This all said, any short-comings in the above Study Group Proposal/Mission Statement are the writers’, 9-25-20, Updated 10-12-20