Clark Olson-Smith

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"Blessed are the poor in spirit, ...those who mourn, ...the meek, ...those who hunger and thirst for justice, ...the merciful, ...the pure in heart, ...the peacemakers, ...[and] those who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." —Jesus, Sermon on the Mount

Clark is a pastor, serving Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Clark grew up in suburban central Pennsylvania and went to school in upstate New York. There, through life-affirming relationships in faithful community—and a graced practice of contemplative prayer—he experienced spiritual awakening, healing, and a calling.

Since Gamaliel weeklong, Clark finds Rev. angel Kyodo williams’ words an apt summary of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount:

“love & justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.”

Sara, his wife, is also a pastor. They have two children, Susannah and Amos.


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