Veteran journalist and retired pastor Charles Austin takes us inside the serious and earnest world of ordinary church folk lobbying elected federal officials in his report on Ecumenical Advocacy Days ("ELCA members, others lobby Congress for host of causes"). Each year hundreds descend on Washington, D.C., to pitch causes such as immigration reform, fair trade and domestic poverty programs. The ELCA is a participant. By all accounts it is an exhilarating weekend. But some don’t like it.
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