Connections: The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 10:10-10:50 A.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or via Zoom

Hosted by the Mideast Focus Ministry, Saint Mark's welcomes John Lent, Executive Director of American Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem, for a conversation about the work of AFEDJ in the West Bank and Gaza and an up-close assessment of the current situation in Israel-Palestine and the broader region. The Cathedral and Diocese have long been supporters of AFEDJ; currently Bishop Rickel serves as chair of the board, so we are particularly grateful for this opportunity to reconnect with this important partner.

John is an experienced non-profit, education and corporate leader. He started his career as a teacher and worked in educational publishing for many years in New York City. He served as Executive Director of New Leaders, a national non-profit that recruits and trains school leaders in partnership with many of the largest urban school districts in the country. Before joining AFEDJ, John was COO of an educational technology company in New York. John is active in his Episcopal parish, where he has served as vestry member, warden, member of the rector search committee, Sunday school teacher, chair of the discernment committee and stewardship committee chair. Watch a brief video with John below.

AFEDJ is a nonpolitical, nonsectarian 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to transforming lives of the vulnerable and displaced in the Middle East through support of the schools, hospitals, and centers for children with disabilities that are owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Since 1988, AFEDJ donors have contributed more than $30 million to the Diocese of Jerusalem’s humanitarian institutions. Learn more at

Come to Bloedel Hall between the 9 and 11 a.m. services to watch the discussion, or join using this Zoom link.

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