First Lutheran Church of San Diego is giving thanks to the Lord for their 20th anniversary as a Reconciling in Christ congregation. We open our doors, hearts, and arms to people of difference - whether that be sexual orientation, gender, economic status, color, capabilities, or any difference that separates one from another. The church’s celebration theme is ‘More than Tolerance...Advocacy’. As part of this year’s celebration the idea of participating in San Diego Pride was discussed. Our theme seemed to fit with the San Diego Pride 2009 theme of …” Activism for Equality”. First Lutheran members are action oriented; we believe activism is placing faith into action. When First Lutheran became an RIC congregation 20 yrs ago its collective conscience, in regards to tolerance of the GLBT community, was placed into action. Now 20yrs later our collective conscience moves us to advocacy and promoting equality for the GLBT community.
First Lutheran continues its twentieth year celebration as a Reconciling in Christ congregation. As part of our observance we welcomed the Rev. Barbara Lundblad on Saturday May 2nd.
The day began with worship. Pastor Lunblad gave us a taste of what is to come tomorrow, May 3rd when she will deliver the sermon at the 9 & 11 worship services.
Then Pastor Lundblad led the group in naming societal, cultural and sexual fears. An informal and inspirational discussion ensued. The group candidly expressed concerns of the economy, poverty, sexuality, marriage, the environment as well as the fate of many different faiths. Much of what we fear is based on differences; differences in wealth, human attributes and beliefs. Sharing her many experiences as a Pastor, Professor and Advocate we began to understand and learn how to respond to these differences. We could respond by ignoring our differences; not seeing the person. We could respond by giving our difference importance; and expect that all will assimilate, leaving behind those that can not. Worst of all we could respond by destroying those different from us. In conclusion the only way to respond is through Jesus Christ as the Word. When we ask Him how we should respond, what is the commandment to guide us? “You must love your neighbor as yourself” is the answer.
The day was made complete with a lovely reception at Pastor Miller’s home.
Pastor Lundblad, the professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in , has preached on the Protestant Hour (now Day 1) for more than twenty years and has been a tireless advocate for the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the life of the church. She has taught homiletics at , Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. An ordained minister of the in , she served 16 years as a parish pastor in , as well as campus pastor at and . In 2007, she served as president of the and has authored numerous books and articles.
On February 21, 2009 First Lutheran kicked off it's 20yr RIC celebration.
The night was a tremendous success. A delicious light meal was served followed by the extraordinary talents of Deborah Liv Johnson and Peter Sprague.
The evening began with Deb's moving rendition of Amazing Grace. During the course of the night we were transported from a 'starlight lounge' to a 'rock concert'.
Renditions of 'I've got a crush on you'; 'With a little help from my friends' and local favorite about 'Beauty's' Big Kitchen on 30th and Grape were rel crowd pleasers.
Peter wowed everyone with a Brazilian number 'Secret Code" and Deb bade us good night with a lullaby 'Do you hear the mother'.