From the Rector #1

Weekly thoughts from the Rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where these words remind us that Jesus’ peace goes with us into the world.

Peace I Leave with You

Our guest preacher last Sunday was the Very Rev. Andrew McGowan, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He also spoke during the Rector’s Forum and mentioned a new fellowship that will allow one recent graduate each year to spend about 9 months in residence at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. Located a few blocks from the Damascus Gate of the Old City, St. George’s College is an Anglican community of education, hospitality, prayer, pilgrimage, and reconciliation.

Today Mr. Stuart Kensinger will be our guest at the Rector’s Forum, beginning at 10:15 a.m. in Room A102. Mr. Kensinger is a member of Palmer’s Vestry and also the Co-Director and Treasurer of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, which is an interfaith non-profit organization with the mission of creating a better future for humanity across religions, cultures, and nationalities. Their programs focus on uniting Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth and providing them with the opportunities and skills they need to become future leaders for peace in the global community. The idea for Jerusalem Peacebuilders took root on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

My interviews with Mr. Kensinger during the Rector’s Forum both this week and next week will cover the work of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, how that work has deepened his Christian faith, how it relates to Christians living in the City of Houston, and also provide a preview of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land that he will lead in the fall of 2016.

— The Rev. Neil Alan Willard, Rector

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