August 31, 2013

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Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit on behalf of a few of plaintiffs seeking to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Oklahoma state Capitol grounds. My friend Bruce Prescott, President of the ACLU Oklahoma chapter,…
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August 28, 2013

50 Years Later

Today marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington that included Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech (the photo is one I took last year of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C.). King's speech rema…
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August 27, 2013

A New Semester

A school year started this week at James Madison University . This semester I am teaching a section of Introduction to Communication Research, a section of Communication Criticism (an advanced research methods course), and a section of Political Campaign Comm…
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August 26, 2013

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August 19, 2013

Becoming a Communication Professional

Last week I participated in the graduate student orientation for the first class of students accepted into the new Master's of Arts program in Communication and Advocacy at James Madison University. This is the first graduate program for the School of Co…
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August 17, 2013

August 15, 2013

Wild Goose Communion

As I noted earlier this week, I attended and spoke at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina (see posts here and here , and photos here ). Although it had some well-known speakers, I did not realize the Festival was considered big enough for fu…
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August 14, 2013

August 13, 2013

Wild Goose Experience

As I noted in a post yesterday, I spoke over the weekend at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. I also enjoyed attending the event jammed with speakers and music. As I checked in at the contributor table early Friday morning, I looked ove…
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August 12, 2013

Wild Goose Talk

Over the weekend I attended the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, and I spoke at the gathering on Saturday. My presentation, titled "Clarence Jordan and 'The Life of Christ,'" covered my work to edit and publish a book man…
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August 9, 2013

Leaving Washington

My time as a "professor-in-residence" at the Mennonite Central Committee - Washington Office ended yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed my three weeks of shadowing staffers, experiencing several religious-political efforts in town, researching through t…
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August 8, 2013

William Penn House

For much of my stay in Washington, D.C., I stayed at the William Penn House , a Quaker hostel a few blocks east of the U.S. Capitol building. Named for a prominent Quaker who founded Pennsylvania, it has served as a Quaker house since 1966 (but the place was …
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August 7, 2013

Baptist Joint Committee

Yesterday, I visited the offices of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty  (BJC). I have appreciated the work of the BJC for many years as they are the leading voice for religious liberty matters in Washington, D.C., and I am glad that Churchnet i…
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August 6, 2013

Mennonite International Guest House

For part of my time in Washington, D.C., I stayed in the International Guest House , a Mennonite house a few miles north of the White House. A nice house converted into a simple bed-and-breakfast facility, it provides a cheap but cozy place to stay. With two …
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August 5, 2013

Reworking Memorial

As soon as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., opened two years ago, criticism erupted  about a misquotation on the side of the statue of King. A poor paraphrasing from a speech substantially changed the tone of King's words. Eventua…
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Congressional Recess

Washington, D.C., seems quite a bit quieter this week after Congress started a five-week recess on Friday. After meeting Friday morning with Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia (see post here ) and grabbing a quick lunch, I left the Rayburn Ho…
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August 4, 2013

Advocacy Class

Today I attended an advocacy informational session the Mennonite Central Committee - Washington Office held for a group of high school rising senors from Iowa. The students are touring Washington, D.C., to learn from its rich civic history. Meeting in a Sund…
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August 3, 2013

Latin American Advocacy

My time with the Mennonite Central Committee - Washington Office this week often dealt with Latin American advocacy (the photo is one I took of the Capitol, a frequent target of advocates). On Wednesday, I attended a meeting of the Haiti Advocacy Working Gro…
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August 2, 2013

Goodlatte Meeting

Today I met with Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia (my representative) to talk about immigration reform. As head of the House Judiciary Committee, Goodlatte holds a key leadership position on immigration reform legislation. After getting bu…
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August 1, 2013

Celebrating Civil Rights

Yesterday, I attended a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama. Sponsored by the Faith & Politics Institute and the City of Birmingham, it featured addresses by…
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