July 31, 2013

Hearing Poverty

Today I attended a House Budget Committee hearing on "The War on Poverty: A Progress Report." The hearing hits a hot topic that currently splits the two parties on strong ideological lines. Three of the four panelists testifying generally backed th…
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July 30, 2013

Lobbying Friends

Last week I visited the offices of the offices of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a Quaker lobby group in Washington, D.C. The group does some great work on critical public policy issues, so I was excited to stop by when they hosted the…
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July 29, 2013

Supreme Court Façade

During my stay in Washington, D.C., I frequently walk past the front of the Supreme Court building. Or perhaps I should say that I walk past something hanging in front of the building. I have visited the building before and walked by it multiple times. But n…
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July 28, 2013

Advocacy in Akron

On Friday I trekked with two others from the Mennonite Central Committee - Washington Office to the main office of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Akron, Pennsylvania. We made the trip so Jesse Epp-Fransen, Legislative Assistant and Communications C…
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July 25, 2013

Pragmatics, Protesters, and Prophets

Two different events I attended on Capitol Hill yesterday both invoked Cuba as a symbol of democratic problems in the the Western Hemisphere. The difference is that one event noted problems with the Cuban government and the other noted problems with our gove…
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Voices on the Lawn

As I walked from one event to another yesterday, I passed two competing press conferences on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The first one offered a clear press conference design with a nice shot of the Capitol behind the speakers, some graphics held by activi…
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July 24, 2013

From Eco-Justice to Creation Justice

Yesterday, I attended a gathering at the offices of the National Council of Churches . The NCC's offices are in the United Methodist Building (often nicknamed the "God box" since it houses many religious-political groups), which sits at an inter…
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July 23, 2013

Mennonites in Washington

Yesterday, I started a three-week visit as a "professor-in-residence" at the Mennonite Central Committee - Washington Office. For the most part I will shadow the office staffers to learn about their work, and I will meet with them to discuss variou…
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July 22, 2013

July 21, 2013

Wild Goose Next Month

As I announced a few months ago, I will be speaking at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina next month. Among the speakers at the gathering will be Brian McLaren, Philip Yancey, Krista Trippett, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Richard Cizik, Phyllis Tickle, …
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July 19, 2013

Out of Many, One People

My latest column ran this week in the Churchnet page in Word&Way . The column , which is titled "Out of Many, One People," offers some reflections on the recent Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The photo…
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July 18, 2013

July 16, 2013

More BWA Jamaica Reflections

Several individuals in four different nations recently offered reflections from the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica earlier this month (the photo is one I took of a document printed in 20 different languages, thus s…
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July 15, 2013

Faithful Reform

As the national immigration debate has moved from the U.S. Senate to the U.S. House, many Christian groups continue to place pressure on legislators to pass comprehensive immigration reform (the photo is one I took a couple of years ago of the U.S. Capitol).…
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July 9, 2013

BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop

Robert Parham wrote a good Ethics Daily column about last week's Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). His piece, titled "BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop," covers key highlights and the short-changing of the resolu…
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July 8, 2013

More Photos & News from Jamaica

Last week I posted several updates from Jamaica where I attended the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). During my time on the island nation I wrote two articles for Ethics Daily ( here and here ) and wrote daily posts with photos ( here , here …
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July 6, 2013

Heading Home

On Friday, I left the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) to head home. I might say to return home, but I am not sure I am heading back to the same place - or, that is, it will not seem the same after my week with the global Baptist family. …
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July 5, 2013

BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero

Ethics Daily ran my latest article , which is titled "BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero." It is my second piece from the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica (the photo, which ran with the article, …
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July 4, 2013

Looking Forward

Once again my time at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) started with a morning worship gathering. Today's theme, "Beyond Self-centeredness," seemed to heavily feature two ideas: creation (because we see our place in light…
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July 3, 2013

Creating Communion

We often hear that "faith without works is dead." Perhaps also we should chant that "worship without community is dead." After all, the two great commandments are to love God and to love neighbor. Communion with God naturally leads to com…
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is titled "Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims." It reports on the session I attended Monday evening at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance . As I briefly noted in a post Monday…
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July 2, 2013

Moving Nations

The Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance moved into full swing today with the first morning worship service (which will occur each morning now through Saturday). The worship time truly offered a global experience. Harry Gardner from Canada led the …
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July 1, 2013

Making Waves

Today started like any day of meetings should - with a swim in the ocean! For me there are few things more spiritual than enjoying creation. Floating in the wide and beautiful ocean and looking up at the Blue Mountains of Jamaica provided one of those moment…
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