Friends from Turkey

Glued to the boob tube – is this ever a good thing? Well, if it helps bring people together so that they can grow up without the inhibitions and self-imposed limitations of older generations, then, I suppose, at least I can live with it. The picture here shows Vehbi and Leyla Yurt, the children of Nasuhi and Nuray Yurt, together with our daughter, Allison, during a recent family dinner at our house.

Similar dinners are currently being scheduled with several families of First Reformed Church. Our hope is to enter a new stage of Turkish-American relations after a fruitful first stage of more formal discourse on Christianity and Islam. Now it’s time to meet as families, to see how life is in our respective houses, and to foster the personal ties we have been developing – and, perhaps, to learn how to say grace in an interfaith manner before the meal.

Early on in May, the twelve Turkey travelers from our church will have a meeting in Newark to meet with representatives of BAKIAD, the organization that is so generous as to sponsor our trip to Turkey after Christmas this year. What an exciting thing our church family is blessed to experience here! We may not be able to contribute much to the official academic interfaith dialogs as conducted by universities and national denominational offices, but we can certainly help to take down barriers in our local communities and broaden our understanding of God’s buzzing world in the course of it. May God bless our friends from Turkey! They help us to become a little more complete.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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