My name is Dorothea Erdmuth Lotze-Kola. I am the pastor of the German congregation in Atlanta, GA, USA. I have been married for 20 years to a West African pastor and counselor. We have teenage twin girls. During the week I am the Executive Director and Counselor of a non-profit Counseling Center in Atlanta. On weekends I provide a sermon and worship in German here in downtown Atlanta.
I often wonder how the ancient biblical words can still have meaning today. My interest stems from my Pietistic background growing up in a German parsonage in Westphalia, Germany. I am shaped also by my Lutheran and Reformed theology. I studied theology in Germany (in Bethel, Heidelberg and Tuebingen), before also completing a Masters of Theology degree at Emory University, Atlanta. Coming to the US, I chose to transfer my ordination to the United Church of Christ, as I cherish their multi-denominational approach and social political engagement. All of these traditions are influencing my daily watchwords writing.
My watchwords start every day with a wisdom word, followed by a short meditation and a prayer. I then end with a supportive biblical verse or promise. I am hoping to invite you, the reader, to find God in your every day postmodern lives. By clicking on the blue button on the right of the daily blog you can choose to sign up to become a blog “follower”. This means a daily email will be send to you, if you wish.
Thank you for reading my blog entries. Hopefully these watchwords will provide you with some inspiration and strength for today. Many Blessings to you and to yours.