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A Celebration of Thanksgiving: May 1, 2011
The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund for African American Lutheran Students at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Grover and Irma Wright were central to the advancement of the Black Lutheran Community Development Corporation that developed several affordable housing units in North Philadelphia in the neighborhood near Temple University.
In continuing service to the church and the community, Irma Wright and the Board of the Black Lutheran Community Development Corporation liquidated their assets to seed the inauguration of The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund for African American Lutheran Students at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) with an inaugural gift of $75,000.
A Celebration of Thanksgiving and request for congregations to raise the $75,000 inaugural gift to the fund to a goal of $100,000 was held Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the LTSP campus at 4:00 pm. Gifts can be made online here - on the giving page select the Other menu and choose Grover C. and Irma Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The preacher for this Celebration of Thanksgiving was The Rev. Rudolph R. Featherstone, Professor Emeritus of Cross-Cultural Theological Studies and Mission at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
Worship participants and leaders included a number of the men and women who have been influenced by Grover and Irma Wright.
A Photo Gallery from the Celebration
photos courtesy Jesse Brown
The Rev. Dr. Rudolph Featherstone, the first African American graduate of Gettysburg College, has spent his life advocating justice for all people and serving as a visionary leader in Lutheran ministry. He served as pastor to Lutheran parishes for ten years in The Bronx and Jamaica, New York and Detroit, where his ties with the local African American churches strengthened relations with the African American Lutheran community. Featherstone also served in campus ministry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a mentor for students of color. He recently retired as a professor of cross-cultural theological studies and mission at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Featherstone graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1960 and Harvard Divinity School in 1972. (photo of Dr. Featherstone at LTSP's Preaching with Power)