(Left to Right) Dr. Peter Prove, with the World Council of Churches, and Jim Winkler, National Council of Churches, joined the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, for the Facebook Live broadcast of Coffee with the Clerk in Washington, D.C. this week. Photo by Randy Hobson.
Representatives from the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches are urging faith groups to engage with their political leaders. Jim Winkler, president of the national council, and Dr. Peter Prove, executive director of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, appeared Monday on Coffee with the Clerk, a weekly Facebook Live broadcast with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Winkler and Prove joined Nelson in Washington, D.C., to discuss the impact of the recent election results and discuss the role of various faiths in the work on Capitol Hill. Prove and Winkler say efforts to speak with members of the Trump administration have not been easy.
“Churches making up the National Council have not had access to the highest levels of government these last couple of years,” Winkler said. “President Obama welcomed everyone whether he agreed with them or not. That doesn’t mean churches had influence, but there was ready access to the government. The past two years have been challenging for many of us who have offices on Capitol Hill.”
Winkler says various faith groups have been hampered and unable to fully express their concerns about what is happening around the world.
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