Pope Francis, President Obama and Christian Political Engagement

Pope Francis, President Obama and Christian Political Engagement

Today's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama was fascinating and elucidating. I wrote for The Atlantic in advance of the meeting, that we should look beyond policy pronouncements to the "deeper things" for the meaning of this meeting. I think this proved true.

It's also been stunning to see media reaction to the meeting. Some are asking if just by merely meeting with Pope Francis, the President's poll numbers will go up. Others are expressing either dismay or surprise that the Pope didn't subject the President to a diatribe on abortion.

Here are my takeaways from the meeting:

Music Monday: How Deep is the Ocean?

"Sometimes, I think, our greatest attempts to express love contain in them the faintest picture of God's love for us." 

A Music Monday post on Michael Wear's blog: 

 

Things to Watch for in Tonight's State of the Union

Michael Wear on things to watch for in President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address.

President Obama's Eulogy of Nelson Mandela: Lessons from Madiba

President Obama's Eulogy of Nelson Mandela: Lessons from Madiba

This morning, tens of thousands packed a Johannesburg soccer stadium for the memorial service to honor Nelson Mandela. The event was attended by South Africans who no longer know "the oppression of one by another," and by world leaders who look to Mandela as an inspiration and model. One of those leaders is President Barack Obama.

President Obama's first political act was inspired by Mandela, when as a young man he participated in a demonstration against apartheid. This morning, Obama eulogized Mandela.

The President pulled out several lessons from Mandela's life that we can all learn from