About Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is an Associate with the Eleison Group, a consulting firm that specializes in faith-based outreach for Democrats and progressives. She also serves as Programs Director for the American Values Network, a faith-based non-profit advocacy group. Prior to Eleison, Rachel worked as Mississippi field director for Common Good Strategies doing faith outreach for Democratic candidates. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a MAR in Theology from Yale Divinity School. The daughter of two ministers, Rachel is an active member and deacon in her church in Washington, D.C.

Daily Beast’s Sally Kohn: Why I’m Against Hamas, Against What Israel Is Doing, and For Judaism

This piece by Sally Kohn originally appeared on the Daily Beast.  As violence between Israel and Gaza continues, the author raises thoughtful questions worth considering.  For the victims of violence, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.   Hamas is awful, but how can any faithful Jew look at Israel’s disproportionate violence against innocents and [Read More...]

How to Respond When World Vision Breaks Your Heart

We like to think of God in terms of sides – God’s either on our side or theirs, we’re either on God’s side or not. But I think God might instead be on the sidelines, weeping that battle lines are again being drawn. [Read more...]

Kids Ask Senators Not to Join the Bad Guys Team – The Story of the Arms Trade Treaty

When the option is for U.S. Senators to keep company with pastors, military leaders, and humanitarians or Iran, Syria, and North Korea, the choice should be a no brainer. [Read more...]

Failing at Devil’s Advocate for Louie Giglio

In the few short days since controversy erupted around Rev. Louie Giglio’s invitation to pray at the inauguration, I’ve been engaging in a Tevye-esque internal dialogue, ala Fiddler on the Roof, looking at the one hand and then the other hand of this episode. [Read more...]

Lament for the Massacred Innocents

Contrary to what James Carney said, now is precisely the time to begin a conversation on gun violence because only the presence of our shared grief can prevent the conversation from turning in to the vitriolic debates he rightly believes would dishonor the Sandy Hook victims. [Read more...]

Working for God in the Public Square

When we ordain those called to ministry outside the parish walls we embolden people to imagine how the redemptive work of God can be done in every corner of our hurting world … The Church has a story to tell, a story that shatters the sword and drives out fear, a story that can change our world and even our politics. [Read more...]

Jesus Doesn’t Care or Why Liberals Need Christ

without Jesus this progressive narrative can become self-defeating because it perpetuates the argument that we should judge people based on the value of their work and not their value as the image of Christ. An appeal to fairness is a good argument to make in a pluralistic or secular setting. It’s a good standard for determining public policy, and it’ll win elections. But for Christians it can be the be-all-and-end-all. [Read more...]

Debate Debrief: Romney vs. The Truth

Wondering how to talk about last night’s debate?  We’ve already had some great discussion about it over on FD’s facebook wall.  Message Matters has also now put out these great talking point.  FD’s own Eric Sapp (@SappEric) is one of the lead editors on this daily messaging memo. Debate Debrief: Romney vs. The Truth We [Read More...]

Being Honest About the Gut Wrenching Realities of Rape and Abortion

Rep. Akin did not show moral courage. Instead, he chose the wide and easy path of avoiding moral complexity by delegitimizing (literally) the experience of women who become pregnant as a result of rape. Rather than have the hard, honest (potentially politically costly) discussion about his moral convictions, Rep. Akin made up medical facts to dismiss the gut-wrenching decisions thousands of women face each year. [Read more...]

RNC: “We Built This Convention on . . . Public Funds . . .”

Tim Beach-Verhey has already done an excellent job of covering the manufactured controversy around the President’s remarks about how we built this country by working together, and of exploring the theological underpinnings of the two competing views of America that are being put forward . . . As for the irony of the Republican’s choice for their convention site, I’ll let that speak for itself. [Read more...]


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