The Reverend Kenneth W. Wheeler is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His roots are deep in faith having grown up in a Christian home and deep in the South having been born and raised in the state of Mississippi during the last vestiges of racial segregation.
Much of his reflection is shaped both by his faith and his experience of growing up under the rubric of segregation. My world view was enlarged when I went away to a small liberal arts college located in Northern Minnesota. As a pastor I have served congregations on both coasts and in the middle part of the country. I have been to Africa twice and stayed for a significant amount of time. In 2009 my wife and I would travel to Israel where we became keenly aware of the injustices that Palestinians were subjected to on a daily basis. In addition to being a student of Theology I am also a student of history.
Perhaps the most significant person in my faith and life thought is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has been one of the clearest voices of justice for me. In a world that has become much more diverse than the world that I grew up in our greatest and most urgent challenge is to learn how to honor each other’s humanity. We cannot afford to allow regional, tribal, religious, political or racial differences to divide us or pull us apart. Only as we engage each other at other at the deepest level of each other’s humanity do we find our wholeness. The writings here are varied. They are offered as a door to a conversation, to provoke thought, to invite you to dig deeper into your own being-to wrestle with things that perhaps you have never wrestled with before-to come to see that yes we have all been shaped and molded by different experiences but at the end of the day we are all human beings no better or worse than anyone else-just human with the good and the bad of all that the word human entails.