WASHINGTON (PNS)— Angela Nichols of Columbia, Maryland stood in the sanctuary of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church shortly before dinnertime Friday and marveled at the amount of information she had received.
“This day has reinforced how interconnected all the issues we talked about today are,” said Nichols, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. “Poor people were disproportionately affected by the Flint water crisis, by incarceration and poor education, and how interrelated everything is. These are problems that need to be fixed.”
Nichols had just completed her first Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day, which aims to give people in the church the tools to tackle some of the major problems facing the world, including immigration, racism and global warming. Presented by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, it was a day of workshops, keynotes, meeting and networking that is a prelude to Ecumenical Advocacy Days Saturday through Monday in nearby Arlington, Virginia.