The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Washington Office of Public Witness is on a tour of 52 presbyteries. On Thursday, June 20 he was the featured guest speaker at the meeting of Missouri Union Presbytery in Jefferson City, Missouri. He spoke for approximately 30 minutes, took questions for another 30, and was also the preacher during the presbytery meetings worship.
Early in his remarks Rev. Nelson said that he shared John Calvin’s view that we are all called by Christ to go out and preach and teach the gospel, and that the gospel is connected to the public square. He said that we cannot be afraid to engage the public square, and that Jesus Christ died a political death.
During his talk Rev. Nelson explained that he represents the Presbyterian Mission Agency in advocating for compassion, peace, and justice with members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. He said that his office fought for the Violence Against Women Act, and in advocating for health care for all.
Nelson said, “We value life not from the top down, but from the bottom up.” He also said that he only advocates for General Assembly approved policies.