Articles by: Rachel Johnson
Rachel Johnson is an Associate with the Eleison Group, a consulting firm that specializes in faith-based outreach for Democrats and progressives. She also serves as Programs Director for the American Values Network, a faith-based non-profit advocacy group. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a MAR in Theology from Yale Divinity School. The daughter of two ministers, Rachel is an active member and deacon in her church in Washington, D.C.

Chasing the Wild Goose 3
by / on July 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

Chasing the Wild Goose

Why did some Christians find the Wild Goose music festival so controversial, while others found it so transformational? Recovering Evangelical blogger Rachel Johnson offers an on-the-ground perspective, and three big takeaways.

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Ayn Rand vs. Jesus of Nazareth 6
by / on May 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Ayn Rand vs. Jesus of Nazareth

In an attempt to hold together the disparate constituencies of social conservative Christians and libertarian Tea Partiers, Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders have attempted to create an unholy trinity of Ayn Rand, Jesus Christ, and the GOP. But, as the classic children’s song goes, “One of these things is not like the other.”

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Returning to 9/12: An Open Letter to President Obama 2
by / on May 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Returning to 9/12: An Open Letter to President Obama

I see again that unity and hope. It’s the kind of hope you speak of Mr. President, hope that stands in the midst of ruin and dares to say that a different world is possible. As a person of faith, this is the hope to which I cling.

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Crumbs From the Rich Man’s Table 20
by / on March 30, 2011 at 9:40 am / in Broken World, Current Events

Crumbs From the Rich Man’s Table

For years now, many faith leaders have been making the argument that the Federal budget is a moral document. The argument is simple: the choices we make reflect what our national priorities are. What does it say about America that the vast majority of proposed budget cuts will hurt the most vulnerable people at home and abroad?

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Bearing Witness in a Violent World 0
by / on February 24, 2011 at 10:02 am / in Broken World, Current Events, Theology

Bearing Witness in a Violent World

In the world’s worst war zones, hundreds of thousands of people are killed in conflicts fueled by the illegal arms trade. Remarkably, we have strict laws for the global trade of iPods and bananas, but not a single international agreement setting standards for the sale of weapons. How should Christians respond?

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