A History of Washington Week (Part 3 of 6)

Rev. Braley Hailstock

Reverend Braley Hailstock, Hampton, Virginia, stands in front of the White House along with Carlos Agnesi, Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Alvin Hadley, Columbus, Ohio, prior to a meeting inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building . Meetings with White House staff have emphasized that religion is united on issues of creation care and that its views seek the common good of the nation rather than advocating from a perspective of special interests. As a guiding principle religious advocacy seeks a future for America – including its lands, waters an air – that will leave it in better condition than how we have received it. This is our religious duty.

Over the years since this Washington Week ministry began, many religious organizations and groups have participated. Among these organizations are the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, the National Council of Churches, the American Baptist Churches USA; the Social Action Committee of Reformed Judaism; the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN); Christians Caring for Creation; the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA), the Roman Catholic Franciscan Order, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, Christians for the Mountains, Tennessee Christian Radio, Earth Care of Chattanooga, the Au Sable Instittute, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis; among many others. To broaden our base we have since 2007 called this coalition the "National Religious Coalition on Creation Care."