By Nancy McLaughlin
GREENSBORO — The Rev. Sid Batts often dashes across Greene Street on Sunday mornings to the pulpit of Temple Emanuel, which Rabbi Fred Guttman offered for services during renovation of the sanctuary at First Presbyterian.
Batts, the neighboring Presbyterian church’s pastor, has since baptized babies and offered communion to the faithful there — the firsts of these Christian rituals to take place in this Jewish sanctuary.
“If, God forbid, something happened to our building while we were there … I know they would offer us space in a heartbeat,” Guttman said.
Batts brought up the relationship between the two congregations — which goes back 100 years — as he stood before the biennial national gathering of Presbyterians in Detroit late last month to speak against a proposal to stop buying stock in companies thought to be aiding the Israeli military in the settlements occupied by Palestinians.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has wrestled with whether to divest for a decade. Other denominations are struggling with the same issue. It is a complicated issue, the delegates agreed