Friday, June 30, 2006

From Poverty to Opportunity

This past Monday through Wednesday, I was in Washington, DC with over 600 'progressive' Christians. We were brought together by Jim Wallis and the Call to Renewal / Sojourners movement that is seeking to forge new solutions to end poverty that are neither Republican or Democrate, but committed to justice.

Mary Nelson, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo a few others and myself, were carrying the banner on a few mile march from the National Church to the lawn at the Capital. It was a great time to take our faith to the streets in a role of advocacy aimed at letting our lawmakers know that Christians care about more that just a few issues, and that we care alot about what God cares about-the poor and the marignalized.

There were many highlights. Seeing lot's of young leaders eager to get engaged. Meeting with our Senators and going to see Congressman Gutierrez of Illinois. Getting a chance to hear Barak Obama...he is a very compelling leader in DC.

Finally, we had the chance to introduce the Covenant for a New America, a documented put together by Sojourners that outlines a list of commitments that Christians who care about poverty and justice are asking our lawmakers to support.

I encourage you to find out more about the Covenant at the link provided above.


At 10:37 AM, Blogger John Liotti said...

Noel, you're like Waldo - you show up everywhere!


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