Covenant of Peace

Dear Friends,

I'm honored this week that we will continue our guest speaker series by hearing from Rahim Jenkins.

Often in our weekly discussions, we speak about the importance of putting faith into action. Rahim lives out this in his daily work and throughout his lifetime. His focus on at-risk youth and those in the juvenile justice system represents a case study that things can be done in the most challenging situations. Society gives up on many, and a few brave and courageous people march right in to serve those others leave behind. Please take a minute to read his bio (included below), and you'll get a sense of this great leader.

Please learn what you can do in your life by hearing this example.

Sunday Dinner

Rev. Tafel is in DC this Sunday and invites anyone who wants to join him in the sanctuary to meet him there and go to dinner afterward.

Have a blessed week,


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Rahim Jenkins is the CEO of the National Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.

A native Washingtonian and longtime community activist – Rahim continues to make his mark on both the local and national levels, through a long and illustrious career as a Youth Advocate and Re-Entry Facilitator. Recognized as a pioneer in the field—one that demonstrates through innovative programming and a front-line presence, his long-standing commitment to educating, rehabilitating, and uplifting disadvantaged minority youth. 

His personal and professional philosophy is focused on the constructive empowerment of youth who are disproportionately impacted by the violence and destruction that plagues many of our inner-city communities.


Rahim has served as the Youth Policy Advisor to the Mayor and the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DOC). In this role, he had oversight responsibility for operational, educational, and programmatic initiatives impacting youth in the custody of DOC. Rahim was instrumental in the implementation of a successful multi-tiered behavior management program with a reward system directly linked to positive performance as well as the brokering of an effective working partnership with the D.C. Public Schools involving the provision of on-site educational services to incarcerated youth being adjudicated in the city’s adult system. 

While employed at the DOC, Rahim has served as Correctional Officer, Correctional Counselor, Public Affairs Specialist, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, and Community Liaison Officer—all positions that have contributed to his mastery of many of the issues critical to correctional administration, rehabilitation, criminal and restorative justice.

Readings for The Coming Sunday:

Isaiah 32:17 - New International Version (NIV)

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people, and the Lord blesses his people with peace.

1 Peter 3:11

They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

In Islam the following Dua is repeated after prayer, reminding the believers that that Allah is the Source of Peace:

I seek the forgiveness of Allah (three times). O Allah, You are Peace and from You comes peace. Blessed are You , O Owner of majesty and honor.

Swedenborg Insight

Secrets of Heaven §8455

Within peace, lies trust in the Lord: trust that he is in complete charge takes care of everything, and leads it to a good ending. When we believe this, we are at peace, because we then fear nothing and have no worries about the future disturbing us.

Last Sunday:

Thanks to those who attended church last Sunday. The feedback on the sermon, "What Does Believing in Jesus Mean?", was incredible. Many asked if they could circulate it, so here it is!

Lenten Bible Study at CHC

Our Lenten Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 6 PM EST. This week we are reading John 7 through 10. Please read before coming to the call. We will use the same link as we use for Sunday worship (linked right below).

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Our Week in Photos

Rev. Tafel meets up with board member Niki Ahmadi in Chicago. Niki is almost done with his first year of a two-year business master's degree. 

Rev. Tafel attended the Citizen University Collaboratory meeting in Chicago. Rev. Tafel serves as board chair.

Rev. Tafel performed a wedding for a couple he mentored in the social entrepreneur space on Cayman Island.

Church attendees Sydney and Jimmy catch up after service on Sunday in our physical building.

On Rev. Tafel's Reading List:

Opinion: Why are we so tolerant of churchy bigotry?

Declining Volunteerism is Changing the Church Experience

Struggling With What to Do With Your Church Building? Here’s How to Find Help

Swedenborgian Church of North America's publication, The Messenger: "An Interview with the Founder of Deborah’s Tree"

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