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Rainy Visit to D.C.

Rainy Visit to D.C.
On Monday, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the offices of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. It was a nasty day in the nation's capital - and the weather was awful as well! With heavy rain, ominous clouds, and a tornado watch, the weather seemed to perfectly match the city's acrimonious politics that resulted in a government shutdown. One of my planned activities for the day (a White House briefing I had been invited to) was cancelled because of the shutdown (come on, Congress, do your job!). The Capitol building - which was not open for tours - seemed nearly abandoned. However, the Supreme Court building showed more signs of activity as extra police stood their guard since Monday marked the opening of the Court's new session (the first photo is one I took of the building that shows the continuing renovation efforts, although they have taken down the screen that previously hid the scaffolding). Thus, it seemed quite appropriate to visit the BJC's office that day since I could look out the windows at the Supreme Court. There I enjoyed meeting with some of the BJC's staff and board members. I also enjoyed seeing their new offices again, which they continue to improve with new installations (the second photo is one I took in the BJC office). Their offices are quite educational with reminders of the rich Baptist heritage for religious liberty. Although our nation's leaders seem unwilling to work together and do their jobs, at least there are people like the BJC's leaders who continue to work for the betterment of the nation as they promote religious liberty for all.

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