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Embracing fear, rather than running from it

The Rev. Liz Walker (with Roxbury Presbyterian Church elder Bradley Turner) became interim pastor at Roxbury Presbyterian Church in 2011 and is now the permanent senior pastor there.
The Rev. Liz Walker (with Roxbury Presbyterian Church elder Bradley Turner) became interim pastor at Roxbury Presbyterian Church in 2011 and is now the permanent senior pastor there.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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When she left her anchor chair in 2001 after 20 years atop Boston’s TV news ratings, Liz Walker was not certain what her next calling should be. She knew religious work would be a part of it, and so she went back to college — Harvard Divinity School.

Now as the city slowly wills itself back to normal, following the Marathon bombings, Walker, who recently accepted a position as senior pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, says she has realized her calling may be to help people in “normal” places like Boston learn a crucial, long-term lesson from the folks she ministered to overseas: how to live with fear and make it a part of the new normal.

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