Non-Violent Resistance – a Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Harold Porter

IMG_2016Yesterday I got a break from preaching as we welcomed to our pulpit the Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Harold (Hal) Porter. He was instrumental in creating the open communion table policy that has been central to the ministry of our congregation, and urging Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) on to full inclusion of LGBTQ people. We were honored to have him with us for the weekend, including gathering with us socially and giving a presentation before worship on Sunday. You would think he had been listening to our Lenten sermon series on maladjustment, as he jumped right in on a similar theme and preached about non-violent resistance. Enjoy the audio below!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. David Crane says:

    I knew Hal from his early days in the ministry at Mount Olive Presby. Church in La Mirada, southern California in the mid 1960’s. My father ( Jack Crane) and Hal were very close. Most memorable was Hal youth ministry, which on a number of occasions involved week long hiking retreats with the youth of the church into the Serra Nevada Mountains. Lesson plans and meditation accompanied all the meals. Hal was a very influence force during my formative years, and regrettably, I lost track of him following his departure from his Baldwin Park church. Now retired at the age of 72, I have been searching the internet in hope of reconnecting.

    1. Stacey Midge says:

      Hi David,
      Glad to hear of your relationship with Hal! If you send me an email at I will pass your contact information on to him so you can reconnect.

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