Rev. Liz Walker to speak this Sunday


Reverend Liz Walker

Our guest speaker this Sunday, November 15, will be the Reverend Liz Walker, former news anchor for WBZ-TV (Channel 4).

A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Reverend Walker has chosen to combine her communication skills with her passion for serving the world. The topic of Reverend Walker’s sermon will be “Risk of Love.” In these turbulent and chaotic times of shattered foundations and loss of trust, where can we turn? What can we risk? Reverend Walker suggests that we reconsider unconditional love as a spiritual and social movement.

Reverend Walker will speak of her personal journey from celebrity television news anchor to humanitarian working in war-torn Sudan. A share-the-plate collection will be taken for My Sister’s Keeper, her foundation for women-led humanitarian action focused currently in Darfur.

In the summer of 2001, Liz traveled to Sudan on a fact-finding mission on the slave trade in southern Sudan. The experience changed her life. She was so outraged by the human-rights atrocities in Sudan she co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a grass-roots initiative that advocates for women and children who are trying to rebuild their country and their lives. Liz returns to Sudan often, including the region of Darfur, the scene of the 21st century’s first genocide. My Sister’s Keeper has most recently completed the construction of a girls’ school, the first of its kind in southern Sudan.

Reverend Walker shoots her own video during her trips to Sudan and has produced several documentaries on the troubled country, including the most recent, A Glory from the God, profiling the work of My Sister’s Keeper and its visionary, Boston humanitarian Dr. Gloria White-Hammond.

Active in a wide variety of civic, religious, and social-service organizations, Reverend Walker is on the ministerial staff of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, where she works with young people.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Child care and religious-education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.