Rev. Patricia de Jong is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, has served as Senior Minister at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley and the Urbandale United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa. She also served as the Minister of Education for Christian Discipleship at The Riverside Church in New York City. Patricia’s roots in social justice began as a campus minister, serving on university campuses in Michigan, Oregon and California and social justice is still central to everything she stand for and what she does. She considers Jesus as a model and pointer for her to stay on course, in the need and search for justice. We also discussed about the role of the church especially for the younger generation. She works closely with emerging leaders and claims that as long as the church continues to be a living organism which embraces a wider world, the younger generation will continue to feel welcome and at ease. We should not over institutionalize faith, hope and love. We talked about her worries and hope, from Black Lives Matter and white supremacy until CWS and considering herself to be a global citizen. Pat is the is Chair of the Board of Directors of CWS. You can follow Maurice on twitter via @mauricebloem
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