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January 2008 CACE eJournal

Welcome to our January/February e-journal. We welcomed the beginning of new semester in 2008 with a thoughtful and intriguing presentation by Representative Michele Bachmann from Minnesota's sixth district. She helped us to see how she navigates the dual obligations of public life and private responsibility. As we continue to reflect on our theme for the year, we invite you to join us for a strong line-up of speakers who will help us address Christian public responsibility from a variety of angles. We are particularly excited about our Spring Conference which will take place March 3-5, and these next two issues of our e-journal will feature articles by or about our speakers. This month we feature an article by Joseph Bottum and an interview with Rev. Floyd Flake. Please look below to see our full slate of upcoming events, which are all free to the public. We hope you will be able to join us!

Vince Bacote, Director of CACE

Upcoming Events:

Jim Wallis Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 pm

Kresge Room, Edman
Co-sponsored with Department of Politics and International Relations

CACE 2008 Spring Conference Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
March 3rd, 4th and 5th
featuring Dr. Jim Skillen, President of the Center for Public Justice; The Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, Senior Pastor of Great Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens and President of Wilberforce University; Dr. Joseph Bottum, Editor of First Things and Dr. D. Stephen Long, Professor of Systematic Theology at Marquette University.

40th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination, Friday, April 4, 3:30 pm
Blanchard 339
Lecture by Dr. Charles Marsh. Dr. Marsh is a Professor of Religion and Director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia.

All CACE events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Embryonic Stem Cells and Those Pro-Science Pro-Lifers
by Joseph Bottum

From the online edition of the journal First Things Nov. 20th 2007

If the news of major breakthroughs in cell research should turn out to be correct, we are about to witness something like victory in the fight over embryonic stem cells.

And that will open a nest of interesting questions, beginning with this one: All those editorialists and columnists who have, over the past ten years, howled and howled about Luddites and religious fanatics thwarting science and frustrating medicine—were they really interested in technology and health, or were they just using all that as a handy stick with which to whack their political opponents? Read more >>

Floyd Flake This interview was broadcast as part of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's 804th episode, which aired on September 24th, 2004.

I grew up in the South, so I had my paper route by the time I was about eight. Mother taught us how to cook, wash, iron. I had three or four homes that I cleaned up every Saturday for people in the neighborhood. I picked cotton at some point, mowed lawns, waited tables, worked my way through college, in the kitchen -- pot washer, cook, waiter, whatever. It's been work all of my life, and generally either I was doing two or three things or [I] was in a job and going to school. I've been in school just about all my life, in one way or another. So it's always been a number of things -- just keep moving.

I started preaching at 15. I was pastoring at 19, so I have been in and out of the pastorate all of my adult life -- in and out meaning that even as I've had secular jobs, I always had a church.