Program – Sunday at 6pm: A Light Supper and a Speaker from the Denomination’s Peacemaking Program is coming here on Sunday evening, September 25, 2022, at 6:00pm

Program – Sunday at 6pm: A Light Supper and a Speaker from the Denomination’s Peacemaking Program is coming here on Sunday evening, September 25, 2022, at 6:00pm


REMEMBER those fun SUNDAY NIGHT SUPPERS?

(We’re not starting back with those yet, BUT… We’ll have a single night congregation-wide Soup Supper this weekend!) 

PROGRAM: A Speaker from the Denomination’s Peacemaking Program, a Presbyterian Pastor from Rwanda named the Rev. Julie Kandema, is coming here on Sunday evening, September 25, 2022, at 6:00pm

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • AT 6:00pm sharp! SOUP SUPPER IN WESTMINSTER HALL 
  • AT 6:45pm(ish): PROGRAM (WITH SLIDES) IN THE SANCTUARY
  • WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION AND LEADING OUR DISCUSSION AFTER THE TALK WILL BE PROVIDED BY OUR MEMBERS, DR. BILL AND PEG HOFFMAN, WHO KEEP US UP-TO-DATE WITH THE PROJECT THEY REGULARLY TRAVEL TO IN NEIGHBORING ZAMBIA, NAMELY THE SIKONJE ORPHAN’S EDUCATION PROGRAM, AND OTHERS

Leaders from partner denominations and organizations around the world visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) each year to interpret issues of peace and justice. These visits inform Presbyterians, open hearts and minds, touch lives, establish relationships and inspire new ministries. By sharing stories of their work and witness, the peacemakers help us understand peace and justice concerns around the world and provide insights that can inspire us to greater faithfulness. Their visits broaden our sense of God’s inclusive family and help equip us to build a culture of peace and nonviolence for all God’s children. Since 1984 more than 350 International Peacemakers from 60 countries have been hosted through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. The International Peacemakers Program is made possible by your generous gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering.

We are fortunate to be able to host Julie Kandema, an ordained Minister from the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda. She is visiting area churches as an International Peacemaker, a part of the denomination’s annual Presbyterian Peacemaking Program initiative that focuses on peace and justice issues. This program will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 6:00pm-7:30pm. We’ll start in Westminster Hall for supper sponsored by our Fellowship and Outreach Team; Then everyone will move to the Sanctuary to hear the speaker, see her slides, and to have a time for questions and discussion.

Julie Kandema is part of a group of seven individuals touring the country for the next month with the PC(USA)’s Peacemaking Program. The International Peacemakers focus their time on 3 priority areas of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s work:

  • dismantling structural racism,
  • alleviating systemic poverty,
  • andbuilding congregational vitality.

They also help Presbyterians live into a biblical commitment based on Matthew 25 by sharing unique experiences and stories from their work in the following areas:

  • Hunger Ministries: I was hungry, and you gave me food
  • Clean Water/Environmental Justice: I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink
  • Immigration/Migration/Refugee Welcome: I was a stranger and you welcomed me
  • Poverty Alleviation: I was naked, and you gave me clothing
  • Health and Wellness: I was sick, and you took care of me
  • Racism/Systems of Oppression and Violence: I was in prison, and you visited me.

This year the Peacemakers come from seven different countries or regions, including Cameroon, El Salvador, Madagascar, Malawi, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, and Tuvalu (Pacific Islands). For more information, contact David Shew, Director for Administrative Ministry, admin@fpcdurango.org. Visit the Presbyterian Peacemaking page for more information about the International Peacemakers.

Here is her biosketch:

Julie Kandema is an ordained Minister from the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda. Since 2014 she has served as Vice President and deputy legal representative for the denomination. She leads the church program in charge of Church Growth supervising church activities related to evangelization, women and youth activities, deacons and Sunday School. She serves on a variety of commissions for peace building at the national and international levels. As Vice President of the Interfaith Platform for Dignity and Peace, she organizes inter-religious dialogues and other activities on peace and reconciliation. She looks forward to sharing with the Presbyterian Church (USA) her experience of the genocide against the Tutsi people of Rwanda in 1994. She will also share the efforts of the church in post-genocide Rwanda and the work done by different categories of people, particularly women and youth, to bring about true reconciliation and development in Rwanda.

Please join us on September 25!