Third Sunday of Lent, March 24, 2019

Morning Worship 11:00 am

The Gospel of Luke 13:1-9

“The Burden of Hate”

Mr. Seme Nelson, Rotary Peace Fellow and ICU Graduate student of Peace and Conflict Studies preaching.

Biography: Seme is South Sudanese born in 1985 to a Christian family. His father Rev. Nelson is a retired priest of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. He is a professing Christian from the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. Before coming to Japan in August 2018, he was serving as the vice chairperson (representative of the laity) of the Parochial Church Council of St. Luke’s Parish and a delegate to the Diocesan synod for Diocese of Juba. Seme has been married to Mrs. Bonkir for seven years, and God has blessed them with two sons; Elvin (who will be 5 years old on April 15) and Elisha (1 year and 5 months old).

He is a Rotary Peace Fellow and a Graduate student of Peace and Conflict studies at ICU’s Graduate School of Public Policy and Social Research. Seme also holds a Master of Philosophy in International Education and Development from Oslo Metropolitan University-Norway, and a BA in Education from Makerere University-Uganda. His research interests are on post-conflict reconciliation and refugee crisis. Seme hopes to share his experiences of surviving violent conflicts with the perspective on growing with ‘hurt, hate, and undeserving forgiveness.’

Fellowship to follow the service.

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