On Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm, The Robert H. Jackson Center will partner with The First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown to welcome Reverend Thang Van Lian. Rev. Thang is a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar and one of a number of “international peacemakers” selected by the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) to witness to the power of non-violence.
This event is free and open to all, but we ask that individuals and groups interested in attending register here for an accurate count.
Rev. Thang has served as a pastor with the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar for almost 20 years. He grew up in a poor and rural village experiencing significant challenges, racial and religious discrimination and life-threatening situations. Myanmar has been embroiled in ethnic conflict for centuries, resulting in human rights violations, poverty, oppression, racial and religious discrimination, a half-century old civil war and most recently the internal and international Rohingya refugee crisis. Rev. Thang is currently working on his Doctor of Educational Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He is also serving as pastor of a refugee community church in Clarkston City, GA, known as one of the most diverse cities in the world with refugee communities from around the world. Rev. Thang will speak about the Rohingya crisis, the current civil war on ethnic minority groups, the silence of the Myanmar churches and what a faithful response of Christians and the Christian church might look like to a humanitarian crisis such as the one being faced in Myanmar today. He will also share the current peace, justice and development work of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar.
-Bio from presbyterianmission.org