Richard J. Perry

 Richard J. Perry
AddressLutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

Associate Professor of Church and Society and Urban Ministry; Director of the Urban Ministry Program, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

B.A., Carthage College,
M.Div., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago,
Th.M., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago,
Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago,

Richard J. Perry, Jr., associate professor of church and society and urban ministry, has been on the faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago since 1996.

After his ordination in 1977, Perry served Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gary, Ind., for three years. His experience in urban and multi-cultural ministries was honed as director of inclusive ministries for the North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, and as director for Black ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

In 1999, he co-chaired the International Planning Committee for the Conference of International Black Lutherans held in Wittenberg, Germany, where he presented the paper “Justification and Racial Justice.” He was also a presenter at the first consultation between African and African-American Lutheran Theologians in Harare, Zimbabwe; and chaired the working group on racism in the church and society at the Lutheran World Federation’s Seventh Assembly in Budapest, Hungary.

A published author, Perry contributed the chapter, “African American Lutheran Ethical Action,” to the book “The Promise of Lutheran Ethics” (Fortress Press 1998). His essay, “Justification by Grace and Its Social Implications,” was included in “Theology and the Black Experience” (Fortress 1988), and he co-authored with Albert Pero and Cheryl Stewart “Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters...,” a Black cultural awareness resource published by Augsburg Fortress.

Perry received the bachelor of arts degree from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. The master of divinity, master of theology and doctor of theology degrees were bestowed by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

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