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Loma Linda Sabbath Seminars May 11: “Peacemaking: A Church/State Mission…and Problem”

Loma Linda University Church’s Sabbath Seminars meets this Saturday, May 11, at 10:30 A.M. Pacific in Centennial Complex Room 3208. The topic is “Peacemaking: A Church/State Mission…and Problem” with Presenter Julius Nam. Jim Walters will moderate.

Nam will discuss the work of Community Relations Service (CRS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, and how its mission intersects (and stands in tension) with the mission of the church. Nam, who serves as acting deputy director of CRS, will discuss how his agency, which calls itself “America’s Peacemaker,” has worked in American communities divided and in crisis due to racial, religious, and political strife—from the civil rights movement of the 1960s through the current challenges arising from the Israel-Hamas war. Taking cues from Adventist history, Nam invites us to (re-)consider the church’s peacemaking and shalomizing mandate in the world.

An attorney and a recovering pastor and religion professor, Nam divides his time between Washington, DC, and Loma Linda. He has worked in the DOJ since 2015, serving primarily as a civil rights and terrorism prosecutor.  Prior to his legal career, he taught Adventist studies at PUC and Loma Linda and pastored churches in Korea, Michigan, and Los Angeles. A quadruple Andrews graduate (including academy), he is also a graduate of UCLA Law.

If you’re curious about CRS’s work, Nam says you might enjoy surfing their website:


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