The Manifestation and Potential of Compassion in a Conflicted Society with Dr. Malcolm Peck

This Sunday: The Manifestation and Potential of Compassion in a Conflicted Society with

Dr. Malcolm Peck

This Sunday we will hear from Dr. Malcolm Peck, the Vice President of the Church of the Holy City and an internationally-recognized authority on Middle East and Islam. Together we will discuss how to lead a life of compassion, and its potential in a conflicted world like ours.

Please join us, and invite others who may benefit from this discussion. 

About Dr. Peck:

Malcolm Peck joined Meridian International Center as a program officer in 1984. He became senior program officer in 2000, retired in January 2004, and returned in March 2005 as a seasonal program officer. He taught at the University of Chattanooga (now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga); was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and, from 1970 to 1981, was assistant to the president and director of programs at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

He served as the Arabian Peninsula affairs analyst at the U.S. Department of State from 1981 to 1983. Malcolm has written on Persian/Arabian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula issues in chapters contributed to nine books and in a number of articles. He is the author of The United Arab Emirates: A Venture in Unity (1986) as well as the Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States (1997), which was updated and expanded in a second edition published in 2007. He has been a contributor to Arabies Trends, the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, Microsoft Encarta, and the World Book. In 2011, he contributed the chapter on the United Arab Emirates to the World Almanac of Islamism.

Malcolm has a AB and AM from Harvard University and an MA, MA in Law and Diplomacy and a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He speaks some French and Arabic and has a smattering of German, Spanish, and Tagalog.

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Recap of Last Week:

Ina Gjikondi on Reclaiming Wholeness

Last week we enjoyed hearing from a guest speaker, Ina Gjikondi, the Director of Executive Education and Coaching at the GW Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. The conversation touched on a variety of topics: mysticism, science, alchemy and being in "conversation with nature" as a way to restore balance, reclaim wholeness, and understand the world from a different perspective, -- a place of wonder and curiosity. 

You can view the recording of Ina's presentation here. More information about the coaching program that she created using some of these tools and practices can be found here.

Some of you had also asked where to find past sermons. As a helpful reminder, sermons are posted on our website and the YouTube Channel, with excerpts shared on our Facebook page. 

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You're Invited: Join the USAODC Clergy Ambassador Program &

Hate Bias Task Force Meeting

At Church of the Holy City we are committed to standing up to hate crimes and bias, which is why we wanted to cross-share the following event with our community.

Everyone is invited to join the USAODC Clergy Ambassador Program and Hate Bias Task Force meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2022, 6:00 pm.


Are you concerned about hate and bias crimes? Do you want to stand up to stop hate? Do you know how to intervene safely? Join the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s, Clergy Ambassador Program and Hate Bias Task Force to learn: How to be an Ally in Hate-Bias Incidents. Professor Eli McCarthy, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and founder of the D.C. Peace Team, will discuss skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing harmful or inappropriate behavior, providing participants with the tools they need to quickly recognize when they are bystanders, evaluate the consequences for everyone involved, and take action without violence.


This event will be held virtually, via Zoom on July 28, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting ID:912 0459 1617

Dial: 1 301 715 8592 US

National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) Seeks a Director of Communications

In support of the National Council of the Churches, we wanted to share the following job announcement with the congregation. Please share this message with those in your circle who might be interested in applying. 

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has been a leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States since its founding in 1950. The 37 NCC member communions — from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 30 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.


The Director of Communications is responsible for managing the public relations work of the NCC. This position will be located in the NCC’s Washington D.C. offices.


Essential Functions


The Director of Communications will:

· Manage the Council’s public relations, brand and reputation, create and distribute press releases, action alerts, and marketing campaigns.

· Play a key and essential role in the creation of the Council’s public statements.

· Produce and edit an electronic newsletter and lead NCC’s social media efforts.

· Maintain contact with communications staff of NCC member communions and partners and strategize with them on matters of mutual interest and concern.

· Work closely with and regularly meet with the Council’s Communications Committee to develop communications strategies and execute programs to deliver communications objectives throughout the organization.

· Maintain contact with and develop strategic relationships with members of the secular and religious media to ensure the NCC has a high public profile.

· Maintain the NCC’s website and databases, ensure it is regularly updated and remains up to date technologically as well as create rich and creative content that is optimized for search engines.

· Be familiar with the NCC’s public policy positions and those of its member communions and represent the Council as directed.

· Assist in the preparation of the Council’s Christian Unity Gathering (CUG) including in preparing the program agenda, generating stories and media coverage, handling audio/visual needs and assisting with the logistics of the CUG.

· Ensure the Council’s communications ministry is carried out with sensitivity to gender, racial, economic, disability and intergenerational lenses.

· Equip, train and resource regional and local faith-based organizations related to the Council’s mission and priorities.

· Undertake other projects/work/functions that may be assigned.

· This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer (immediate supervisor) and President/General Secretary (head of NCC staff).


Essential Qualifications


· Degree in journalism, communications, or related field required.

· Demonstrated experience in managing a comprehensive strategic communications and media relations program to advance an organization’s mission and goals.

· Strong media relations skills desired.

· Superior oral and written communications skills.

· Knowledge of website design platforms, including WordPress.

· Previous website management experience.

· Experience working with Neon or other CRM systems is preferred.

· Training in theology and ecumenism is preferred.

· Passion for and experience in ecumenism and the work of the National Council of Churches.

· A track record of collaborative leadership and team building within complex religious organizations.

· A self-starter with project management skills, who is able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

· Integrity and an ability to establish and maintain trust amongst diverse constituencies and team members, and an ability to engage with proficiency with others in various leadership positions.

· Creativity, forward thinking, and technological savvy.

· Familiarity with the public policy positions of the NCC and member communions.

· A record of and ability to infuse race, gender, and economic equality with sensitivity to disability and intergenerational concerns, throughout the organization and its work in tangible, efficient and creative ways.

· Ability to manage and oversee a budget.

· Significant familiarity with community organizing techniques.

· Ability to make timely, intelligent decisions and take action after considering options and available information.

· Membership in an NCC member communion preferred.




Annual salary includes 9% pension benefits, 22 days of paid vacation, and a significant health care insurance subsidy.


Procedure and Deadline


Send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via email by August 8, 2022 to:

Check Out the Podcast Series

A Pastor Ripped Apart by Our Divided Country

For Dan White Jr., a trauma diagnosis pushed him toward a new calling: helping other exhausted faith leaders find peace.

The excerpt below is taken from a transcript of an interview with Dan White Jr.

JULY 21, 2022

We’re all feeling exhausted. Between the stress of the pandemic, growing political divides and declining trust in institutions, burnout is at an all-time high, especially among those who have traditionally been society’s bridge-builders. Teachers and health care workers are quitting in droves. It’s the kind of moment when you might turn to a religious community or faith leaders for guidance.

But those leaders are also struggling. Dan White, Jr., grew up in upstate New York, going to a small Baptist church down the street from his house. He knew early on that he wanted to be a pastor, a role he imagined as a unifying one. But trying to unify people in these divisive times ultimately led to his physical collapse. Now, he has a new calling: running a retreat center for burnt-out pastors in Puerto Rico. From New York Times Opinion, I’m Lulu Garcia-Navarro, and this is “First Person.” Today, Dan White, Jr., and the great pastor resignation.

Are you ready to go?

Click Here to Read the Op-Ed and the Transcript

Readings for The Coming Sunday

Old Testament Reading: Lamentations, Ch. 3: v. 21-23

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

New Testament Reading: I Peter, Ch. 3: v. 8-9

8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.

9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Reading from Swedenborg: Arcana Coelestia, 7038

True worship consists of fulfilling uses and therefore in expressing caring in action.

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