Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice
Apr 06, 2004
Christian liberal activists have endured of late what might be called the political equivalent of the dark night of the soul. Their conservative co-religionists have cornered momentum, membership and media attention.
Liberals—or progressives, as they prefer to be called—have lost their White House access and much of their ability to exert influence on the issues they hold dear, including Middle East and global trade policies. Moreover, many of their denominations are bogged down in sexuality issues that drain resources from external concerns.
What better time to rally frustrated activists? What better place to do it than “Rome,” as James E. Winkler, the United Methodist Church’s chief social action official, disparagingly referred to Washington under President George W. Bush.