“Rev. Dr. Nelson challenged us, ‘If we, the church, are still boxing one another at the bottom, we will never be able to confront the real oppressive power struggle at the top.’”
 — Greg Klimovitz, associate presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia

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J. Herbert Nelson was in Philly recently speaking on race relations

For two days in mid-February, “Race and Christian Witness” and other race-related topics were discussed in Philadelphia. It offered a chance for people to be involved in conversations centered on racial equality and justice and how those talks need to be started in a church setting.

Philly talksAmong the speakers was J. Herbert Nelson, who is the director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness. See what was discussed and hear the reaction from three people from the Presbytery of Philadelphia who attended the talks by clicking here.


Kreutz Creek’s Sandi Hoover following her passion to Palestine

About five years ago, Sandi Hoover was on a sight-seeing trip through the Middle East, making stops in places like Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Israel. The final stop of the tour was in Bethlehem, and while she wasHoover 1 taking in the scenery she bumped into a group of students from the city’s local university.

As they talked, the students shared their stories to Hoover, including what daily challenges and limitations they face growing up in a militarily-occupied country in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

What Hoover’s been doing ever since that encounter is making about two trips per year back to Palestine working in the school system teaching English. Or she’s helping mothers in a refugee camp who have disabled children who do not otherwise receive support from their own country.

To read more about Hoover’s work, click here.


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