Peacemaking Adult Education at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church
Swarthmore Presbyterian Church
Peacemaking Adult Education in October- 9:00 am
Intra-Islamic Relationships in the Middle East
Presented by our own Robyn M Morse
Robyn will discuss the relationship between the two dominant sects of Muslims – Shi’a and Sunni. She will address the political narrative in the Middle East and the media portrayal of the interactions between the groups. She hopes to answer any and all questions the audience might have about intra-Islamic relations.
Robyn is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her bachelor studies with a self-directed research thesis focusing on the political ramifications of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide in the Middle East, with particular focus on the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. She enhanced her studies with a semester abroad in Amman, Jordan, researching the politics of the region and the relationship between Jordan and Saudi Arabia. She traces her origins back to Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, where she was an active participant in youth programs and mission trips during middle school and high school.
October 11 – Peacemaking Sunday
The Rev. Dr. Glenn Dickson will preach during worship and lead an adult education class (“Peacemaking: Possible Steps” ) in several experiential exercises involving peacemaking.
Dr. Dickson entered Princeton University in 1952 intending to become a physicist. While there he decided to major in history and teach. He transferred to Northwestern University and graduated in 1956 with distinction and with honors in history. Given a scholarship to study German history at the University of Hamburg, he studied there from 1956-1957. From 1957-1958 he studied at Yale Graduate School on a scholarship offered by the school. While there he experienced a call to become a pastor and enrolled in Union Seminary in Richmond in 1958 and graduated in 1961. After serving churches in North Carolina and Virginia he accepted a call to serve Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Florida, in 1972. In 1977 he received a D. Min. degree from McCormick Seminary. He has served as Moderator of the Presbytery of St. Augustine and on various presbytery and synod committees. In 2004 Westminster sent an overture to the Presbytery calling for divestment from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The General Assembly overwhelmingly approved it. In 2009 he retired after serving 36 years at Westminster. He currently serves on the Board of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and is the Co-Moderator of the Cuba Partners Network. He is also the pastor for two inmates on Florida’s death row.
Women’s Witness Trip to Palestine
Intimately carved into the Palestinian landscape are the intertwining sacred histories of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. For thousands of years, the children of Abraham have fought a bloody battle over jurisdiction of these sacred sites and people. In May and June of 2014, Karen and Janet Fritz joined a Women’s Witness Trip to Israel and Israeli occupied Palestine. They will share with the Swarthmore congregation what they learned from peacemakers throughout the region, in the immediate aftermath of Pope Francis’ visit and just prior to Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip. Karen and Janet Fritz are two of the five daughters of Nancy and the late Barkley Fritz, longtime members of Swarthmore Presbyterian.
Rev. Karen Fritz was licensed by Philadelphia Presbytery under the care of Swarthmore Church in 1981, ordained by Newark NJ Presbytery in 1982, and now for 17 years has served as Pastor of Brighton Allston United Church of Christ in Boston.
Dr. Janet Fritz is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Westford, Massachusetts, serving children, families, and adults. She has a long-term interest in issues of peace and justice.