Judith Hanlon

Pastor, Hadwen Park Congregational Church

I started hearing about peacemaking instead of peacekeeping.  And Jesus was a peacemaker not a peacekeeper.  He didn't not talk about it, you didn't, "Shhh, shhh, shhh," which is what "good Christians" do, but you grab this one and you grab that one and you come together and we make peace.  And it’s the hardest work you will ever do, but that’s what Jesus did.

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This interview follows the story of Judith K. Hanlon better known in the Worcester community as Pastor Judy of Hadwen Park Congregational Church.  Pastor Judy discusses her upbringing, particularly the importance the church had over her childhood and its impact on her professional path. Pastor Judy also details her personal journeys and explains that nothing can truly be planned, and one must learn from the highs and lows of life. The interview also focuses on the origins and mission of Pastor Judy’s LGBTQ Task Force and her commitment to humanizing the struggles and trauma of LGBTQ asylum seekers in the United States.

Interview Date: 
May 29, 2018
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