Charleston’s ‘hard truths’

After nearly four days of coverage, reaction and rebuttal about the why behind the Charleston Church shooting, I’m sure I, like many of you, remain devastated, saddened and heartbroken. Processing my own feelings, however, I also found a part of myself tempted to ignore the news, look at my Facebook feed less, and resume normal [Read More...]

An Endless Lenten Journey: Undocumented Immigrants

Millions of people around the world will walk together during Holy week, remembering the ancient story of death and resurrection, and gathering to celebrate Jesus Christ as “the Life.” But the Lenten wandering characterized by pain and suffering will not end for millions of immigrants without legal status in this country. Recently, conservative leaders have vocally [Read More...]

Teaching faith and humility to Congress

I was having dinner about 18 months ago in D.C. with some friends when they asked me why I care so much about religion, faith and politics. I told them that when both sides stop talking, will not work together and would rather throw mud than praise, there are only two options to bridge the [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...]

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...]

Politicians Ignore The Working Poor At Their Peril

Democrats have been convinced they should not make any mention of the poor–instead focusing exclusively on the middle class…but recent nationwide survey showed that, when framed correctly, voters across the socioeconomic and political spectrum respond much more favorably to politicians who talk about the working poor. And perhaps more importantly, this new messaging trumps the best Republican arguments for cutting funding to government programs that help lower income Americans. This messaging approach is not about using words to cover the truth, but instead ensuring the words we use better communicate the truth. [Read more...]

What Does Last Night Mean?

At a loss for how to talk about President Obama’s re-election?  Here are some talking points put together by Message Matters on the statement our country made last night.  When our FD writers shared about why they were voting for President Obama, these were many of the same reasons they gave.  Share your thoughts in [Read More...]

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

As election day draws near, I have been asking myself, “Who would Jesus vote for?” I have many friends who are convinced that the Christian faith requires them to vote Republican. And while I respect their convictions, I cannot agree. I think that if Jesus were registered to vote in the 2012 United States Presidential [Read More...]

Disillusionment, Democracy, and the Fate of President Obama

(A version of this blog was posted last week on the Political Theology blog,  There is Power in the Blog, which covers a lot of the same territory as Faithful Democrats and if you like what you read here, I recommend you check that blog out as well. It is more aimed at academic types than [Read More...]


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