Mishkan Torah to welcome back Reverend Dan Hamlin for talk on trip to Vietnam                                                     
Mishkan Torah Congregation is delighted and honored to welcome back a very special friend of the Congregation, Reverend Dan Hamlin. Mishkan Torah’s Social Action Committee will sponsor a talk by Reverend Hamlin entitled “Reconciliation: Lessons from Viet Nam."  The presentation will be at Mishkan Torah on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:30 am.

Reverend Hamlin, a minister in the United Church of Christ, retired in the summer of 2012 as Pastor of the Greenbelt Community Church after twenty-eight years of service to continue his ministry in the areas of inter-faith relations and water supply in Africa. In March, 2013, Reverend Hamlin travelled the length of Viet Nam with a small group of American civilians and veterans. He met many Vietnamese veterans of the Viet Nam. He saw the lingering effects of toxic defoliants used in the conflict; talked with university students for whom the war is ancient history; visited battle sights; andheard stories ranging from the humorous to the heart-wrenching.

On January 26, Reverend Hamlin will discuss such topics as the importance of listening to veterans. He will present slides of Viet Nam today and tell stories to illustrate how a war-ravaged country with a very different culture has come to terms with its former enemies. Mishkan Torah’s Rabbi Jonathan Cohen will conclude the program with insights into the Jewish perspective on reconciliation. The event is free and open to the entire public. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a challenging and informative program