National Prayer Breakfast – Day 2

Here is a link to Day 1

Day 2 is where things start to get a little dicey in regards to what I can say and what I can’t due to the private nature of a number of the meetings I was involved in. But I will give you all of the public highlights:

The day started off by attending the African Delegation Breakfast. I got invited to this breakfast due to the coverage I have been giving to the Anti-Gay legislation in Uganda(my colleague in this coverage, Warren Thockmorton, was also invited). At our table were Bob Hunter and a few of his colleagues, as well as some diplomats from Uganda. Our table discussion was light, friendly, and quite energetic—although each of us at the table knew the private meetings that were to commence later that afternoon. It felt like a bunch of polite smiles trying to cover up the extreme awkwardness that everyone knew was surrounding ‘the real issue’ we were all there for.

Be that as it may, we genuinely had a great time listening to the key-note speaker, Dr. Charles Murigande, currently the Minister of Education in Rwanda; but has recently held other positions such as Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. There was one thing that Dr. Murigande said that will stick with me for a lifetime. When talking about his decision to leave the States and return to his home country during the Rwandan genocide, he noted that 1 million Rwandans were killed. Now, that number seems like a lotof people! But Murigande really put it in perspective…he said that 1 million people dying is like:

The September 11th attacks happening 3 times per day, every day, for the duration of 3 consecutive months.

Think about that for a second. As traumatized as Americans were by that one single event, what would it be like for that same event to happen 3 times per day for 3 consecutive months?!  

The remainder of the day was off-the-record for me. I can tell you though that I met with a few Ugandan diplomats and governmental officials (for Warren Throckmorton’s officially sanctioned statements, click here), the Joint Chief of Staff for Middle Eastern Relations and a couple of folks from the department of White House affairs. Your continued prayers are quite welcome for the nurturing of these intense relationships.

Oh, and at intermittent throughout the day Brenda and I got to hang with our good friend Paul Youngand then in the evening with Dave Schmidgall, pastor at DC’s National Community Church.

Much love.

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://jwalkergs.wordpress.com/ Jason

    Thanks for sharing this, Andrew. I am, regrettably and sadly, underinformed about this issue — the Ugandan Anti-Gay Legislation, but Warren Throckmorton’s statement has piqued my interest. Can you reccomend other good resources I can use to get caught up to date? I’m about to read your post on it now.

    Thanks!
    J

  • http://jwalkergs.wordpress.com/ Jason

    haha…Well, clearly I should have read your earlier post before I asked about additional resources since that post in itself is an excellent resources for additional resources! I feel more up to date now. :)


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