Title: Reflections of Light

Subtitle: The Odyssey of a Black American Lutheran Pastor During the Civil Rights Years

Author: Lonnie L. Branch


Fifty years later, an increasingly smaller group of people know personally the depth and intensity of the civil rights struggle that began in the 1960s. And, hard as it may be to accept, that struggle played out forcefully in the American Lutheran church. Pastor Lonnie Branch found himself in the midst of that changing, challenging time--called by God to be a pastor, charged by his conscience and his community to speak for justice, tempered by his family heritage to act in love and compassion. It has propelled him on an odyssey of faith that still continues.



About the author:

Lonnie Branch and his family became members of Holy Family Lutheran Church on the north side of Chicago in 1964. His work in that congregation, as they served the people in and near the Cabrini-Green housing project, inspired him to enroll in seminary. Ordained in 1971, he became the ninth black pastor in the American Lutheran Church. During his career, he served as a mission developer in Texas, a correctional chaplain in Iowa and Minnesota, and pastor of three congregations in Minnesota, Alabama, and Georgia. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Doris.


ISBN: 978-1933794761

Pages: 266 perfect bound

Size: 6 x 9

Price: $15.95

Publication Date: March 1, 2014

Reflections of Light by Lonnie L. Branch