UPDATE FROM JPB CO-FOUNDER: Speaking events in Houston-area faith communities
The First Presbyterian Church of Houston recently invited co-founder, Stuart Kensinger, to speak about JPB's current work in Jerusalem and the United States. This capped off a month of successful interfaith events led by Stuart in the greater-Houston area.
First, Stuart guided 20 participants in Palmer Memorial Church's peace-building class to visit the Clear Lake Islamic Center. The group was struck by how closely the message of the imam's sermon reminded them of the Ash Wednesday lesson which calls Christians to live as if only God were watching. Stuart later took the same group to St. George Orthodox Church, a congregation comprised of mostly Palestinian and Syrian Orthodox Christians. The group was able to celebrate the Nativity Paraklesis, participate in a beautifully chanted service, and enjoy fellowship and dinner afterwards. Everyone was excited about deepening their relationship with the various faith communities in Texas, and preparations are already fully underway for an Interfaith Citizenship program this August in Houston and at Camp Allen.