Happy New Year — We’re Back!

After a bit of a hiatus, I am happy to announce that Faithful Democrats is back in action. Moving forward, I want to give thanks to our old readers who have found us again and to the new ones that are just now stumbling onto our site. In 2014, we hope to use Faithful Democrats [Read More...]

Viral Video Nears One Million Views as Faith Community Urges Senators to Back Arms Treaty

When people come together around a common cause, it gets noticed. Last Friday, the American Values Network (AVN), an organization seeking to encourage community and family values in America, launched a video of two children explaining why U.S. Senators should support the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In under a week, the video has already [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...]

What If It’s Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Co-authored by Bill Mefford, director of civil and human rights at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church & Society; and Sala Nolan Gonzales, minister for criminal justice and human rights at the United Church of Christ’s Justice & Witness Ministries. As Christians should know but often don’t, mass incarceration is one of our [Read More...]

A Pittance

Core message: 750,000 jobs lost is not “a pittance.” How powerful leaders treat ordinary people says a lot about their values and priorities. Sure, the sequester’s no big deal if you’re a politician who only cares about donors who write the next campaign check — instead of your constituents living paycheck to paycheck. Unfortunately, Republican [Read More...]

An Evening with David P. Gushee

Last week, Evangelical scholar and Christian ethicist David Gushee visited The University of Virginia to give two lectures. I attended the first – “Sacredness of Life,” which received its title from his latest book.  If I recall, the poster advertising his visit said something along these lines. “Christian Ethicist David P. Gushee argues that culture [Read More...]

The World’s Eyes on NRA Lobbyists

While efforts to reduce gun violence in the U.S. move forward, the international community is watching closely to see if NRA lobbyists once again seek to derail the Arms Trade Treaty when the U.N. negotiations resume next month. Here’s how to talk about the Treaty and hold its opponents accountable.   Core Message When there [Read More...]

What’s in Your Portfolio?

Late Saturday morning, I was sitting in my favorite Charlottesville coffee shop with my dad and uncle.  They were in town for a basketball game but we had a few hours to spare so I decided to show them one of my favorite places to work. Just before it was time to head to the [Read More...]

Climate Change, Here and Now

President Obama vowed action on climate change in his historic inaugural speech warning that “the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” Here’s how to make the case for why and how we can tackle one the most pressing challenges facing humanity.   Lead with Common Sense and Values There’s no [Read More...]

Gun Violence: Prep Guide

Core Message: Congress chose to legalize the gun that killed the Newtown children. It’s time to make it right.    Commonly Asked Questions: Q: Would closing the private sales loophole prevent private citizens from selling firearms? A: Yes, gun show loophole legislation allows for private sales to continue, so long as a background check is performed on [Read More...]


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