Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NAE UPDATE - APRIL 2014




April 2014

Hobby Lobby and Others Fight HHS Mandate
The Supreme Court listened to its first court case against the Department of Health and Human Services mandate to cover contraception in health insurance plans last week. A decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases, in which the NAE wrote and filed a brief , is expected in June. In March, the NAE joined with other organizations in filing related briefs on behalf of Priests for Life and Roman Catholic Archbishop and  Little Sisters of the Poor.

NAE Affirms World Relief’s Marriage Policy
The NAE supports and affirms the statement by its humanitarian arm, World Relief, regarding the recent employee policy statements of a different development organization, World Vision. (read the statement)

Billy Graham’s Politics
Billy Graham is widely recognized as the most popular evangelical leader of the last century. As they reflect on his life and ministry, how do evangelical leaders today assess his political involvement? Ninety-five percent said it was "just about right.” (read more)

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Much to Do About Syria
By Galen Carey, NAE Vice President of Government Relations

On the third anniversary of the civil war in Syria, while polarized politicians drone on about drones, embargoes and boots on the ground, the suffering of ordinary Syrians continues to deepen. The conflict in Syria is the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the Cold War. In the coming year three quarters of Syria's population will be in need of humanitarian aid. As always, the children are the hardest hit.  (read the full article)

Pray for Immigrant Families on April 3
For 24 hours straight, Christians across the country will join together virtually to pray for the millions of people hurt by our broken immigration system. The NAE is hosting one hour of prayer on April 3 at 12 p.m. ET. To join, RSVP at www.nae.net/rsvp  and you will be emailed the dial-in information. (read more about the nationwide initiative)

NAE Job Opening: Office Manager
Do you know someone who can give support and general supervision to the daily operation of the NAE office in Washington, D.C.? The Office Manager position requires interpersonal and organization skills and flexibility to adjust to the needs of a small office. (view the job description)

Member Spotlight: Converge Worldwide
Converge Worldwide, formerly known as the Baptist General Conference, is a movement of churches working together to start and strengthen more churches. On March 18, Converge Church Planting reported that the combined number of new church plants and multisite locations started since January 2010 reached 226. The number comprises 171 new church plants and 55 new multisite campuses – toward a 2015 goal of at least 351 total.  (learn more)

Article Spotlight: Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green Stands on Faith Against Obamacare Mandate
Religion News Service – Once Steve Green sets his path, there’s no turning back. Not when he and his high school girlfriend, Jackie, totaled their cars playing chicken. “No one turned off,” he said, recalling how he aimed right at her and she just kept coming. A year later, she married him.  (read more)

Event Spotlight: Pastors for Reform Event
On April 29, evangelical pastors from all over the country will come together in Washington, D.C., to proclaim a biblical vision for immigration reform that respects the rule of law, reunites families and upholds human dignity. The day’s agenda includes worship, legislative advocacy training and meetings on Capitol Hill. Encourage your pastor to attend.  (register now)

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