Making Peace with Proximate Justice

by Steve Garber
Director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture

A few years ago a pastor in the city asked if I would meet someone in his congregation whose work was in the world of national security. A senior official with complex responsibilities, he knew that his deepening faith required him to “think Christianly” about his life and labour, but he did not know where to begin.

What could he read? With whom could he talk? As he put it, “Day by day I have unimaginable evil coming across my desk. What am I supposed to do? How do I respond in light of my faith? I cannot do nothing—but what am I to do?”

And so we began to think together. I arranged a conversation with a handful of friends from across the city whose theological instincts I trusted, but whose own work ranged from the U.S. Congress to a Cabinet office to the State Department to a think tank: all people who with fear and trembling have given themselves to working out the meaning of their salvation in the world of politics.

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NOTE: Steve Garber will be leading a workshop on Saturday entitled “Uniting Faith and Vocation” You can read more of Steve’s work on the TWI website.

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An Evening of Discussion & Next Steps | Tues Apr 27 at 7:30PM

Come discuss what you’ve heard at Art Music Justice and consider your next step — joining a small group, participating in local and global outreach, performing music or creating art. This event is free and open to all. Pizza and drinks will be served.

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FRIDAY APRIL 16

  • 6:30p
    Doors open for Sara Groves
  • 7:30p
    Sara Groves concert

SATURDAY APRIL 17

  • 8:00a
    Registration/Doors Open – Nicholson Hall
  • Resource Center Open – Upper Narthex
  • 9:00a
    Opening Plenary – Historic Church
  • 10:00a
    Break
  • 10:15a-11:00a
    Session I Begins
  • Charlie Peacock “The Artist as Creator, Servant, and Prophet” – Nicholson
  • Heidi Metcalf Little (Hudson Institute) “Global Philanthropy: Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough” – Modular I
  • Christy Yates (Gordon College) “Justice Begins at Home” – Modular II
  • Elizabeth Fitch “Poetry from Pain/God’s Good Use of Our Brokenness” – Rooms 116/117
  • Ted Haddock (International Justice Mission) and Jim Wildman (National Public Radio) “Telling Stories with Words and Pictures” – Choir Room
  • Troy Groves/Shep Owen (Food for the Hungry Intl)/Jena Nardella (Blood:WaterMission) “Poverty in Africa, What You Can Do” – Southgate 106
  • Lauren Johnson (International Justice Mission) “Real Girls Beyond You.” – Southgate 112 [Cornerstone and Crossroads Girls only]
  • 11:00a-11:15a
    Break
  • 11:15a-12:00p
    Session II Begins
  • Charlie Peacock “The Artist as Creator, Servant, and Prophet” – Nicholson
  • Heidi Metcalf Little (Hudson Institute) “Global Philanthropy: Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough” – Modular I
  • Christy Yates (Gordon College) “Justice Begins at Home” – Modular II
  • Elizabeth Fitch “Poetry from Pain/God’s Good Use of Our Brokenness” Rooms 116/117
  • Ted Haddock (International Justice Mission) and Jim Wildman (National Public Radio) “Telling Stories with Words and Pictures” – Choir Room
  • Troy Groves/Shep Owen (Food for the Hungry Intl)/Jena Nardella (Blood:WaterMission) “Poverty in Africa, What You Can Do” – Southgate 106
  • Sara Groves “The Real You” – Southgate 112 [Cornerstone and Crossroads Girls only]
  • 12:00p-1:00p
    Lunch Break
  • 1:00p-2:00p
    Plenary – Historic Church
  • 2:00p-2:15p
    Break
  • 2:15a-3:00p
    Session III Begins
  • Sara Groves “The Many Sides of a Songwriter” – Nicholson Hall
  • Rev. Bill Haley “Theology and Spirituality for AMJ: Owning Our Dignity, Anticipating Our Destiny, Releasing Our Gifts”- Modular I
  • Bill Wichterman, (Wedgwood Circle) “The Culture Stream: How Our Nation is Shaped” – Modular II
  • Andi Ashworth “The Art and Work of Caring” – Choir Room
  • Katie Keister and Connally Gilliam “The Healing Power of Art & Creativity PART I” – Southgate 104
  • Nar Tiang (The Falls Church, Outreach Department) “Who is My Neighbor? Local Justice Opportunities” – Southgate 106
  • 3:00p-3:15p
    Break
  • 3:15a-4:00p
    Session IV Begins
  • Sara Groves “The Many Sides of a Songwriter” – Nicholson Hall
  • Rev. Bill Haley “Theology and Spirituality for AMJ: Owning Our Dignity, Anticipating Our Destiny, Releasing Our Gifts”- Modular I
  • Bill Wichterman, (Wedgwood Circle) “The Culture Stream: How Our Nation is Shaped” – Modular II
  • Andi Ashworth “The Art and Work of Caring” – Choir Room
  • Katie Keister and Connally Gilliam “The Healing Power of Art & Creativity PART I” – Southgate 104
  • Nar Tiang (The Falls Church, Outreach Department) “Who is My Neighbor? Local Justice Opportunities” – Southgate 106
  • 4:00p-5:00p
    Resource Center Open
  • 6:30p
    Doors open for Jars of Clay
  • 7:30p
    Jars of Clay Concert

SUNDAY APRIL 18

  • 11a
    Sunday Service – Worship Service, to include special music & messages from Sara Groves and more
  • 1p
    Lunch with Local Ministry Partners and Shep Owen – Director, Kenya for Food for the Hungry (Location: Fellowship Hall)