NAE Update: March 2010

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March 5, 2010 

NAE Insight – Spring 2010 
U.S. evangelicals have been very involved in the response to the tragedy in Haiti.  The 2010 Spring NAE Insight highlights those efforts, particularly in the work of World Relief and NAE denominations, members and chaplains. The edition explores the Christian worldview on suffering and how Christians, even from a distance, can be compassionate towards those who suffer. The newsletter also updates readers on various government affairs issues, including a proposed tax increase for wealthy donors and the potential repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. (read more) 

Respecting Sex and Reducing Abortions: What Can Christian Leaders Really Do?
The NAE and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary will hold a forum to explore how evangelical leaders can foster an environment where sex is respected and life is cherished. Dennis Hollinger, president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will keynote the forum on Friday, March 12 in Springfield, Mo. (read more)

March for America: Change Takes Courage and Faith
The NAE is joining a major interfaith event on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 21, calling on lawmakers to pass meaningful immigration reform legislation this year. The event is expected to draw a crowd of 100,000 or more, including many evangelicals who have been inspired by the NAE’s resolution on immigration. This is a critical moment in the struggle for immigration reform this year. (read more) 

Charities to Push Back on Plan to Limit Deductions
By Eric Fingerhut, Religion News Service For the second time in as many years, the Obama administration is proposing to reduce the tax deduction that wealthy taxpayers receive for charitable contributions. And once again, some charities—including several religious groups—are pushing back against the plan. (read more) 

NAE Backs Christian Legal Society in Religious Freedom Case
The NAE filed a co-amici in the religious freedom case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, which is before the Supreme Court. The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a respected nondenominational organization with chapters at law schools throughout the country. In refusing to recognize the local CLS chapter, the Hastings University School of Law has engaged in viewpoint discrimination, permitting a wide array of viewpoints while censoring the evangelical viewpoint. (read more) 

Friends’ Events 

Hope for Creation
Participate in the live national simulcast event on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 21). Watch online or organize a group screening at your church, college, or organization. Experience special music and guests, an exclusive look at the new Blessed Earth video series, and interact with others across the world in a live town hall setting on how Christians can care for God’s creation. (read more) 

Running Over
The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions will hold its 97th annual convention in St. Charles, Ill., May 9-12. The number of hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted individuals is increasing exponentially, and so the ministry of rescue missions must also increase. This convention will include informative seminars, thought-provoking general sessions, a government relations forum, an exhibit hall, networking opportunities, time for fellowship, and more. (read more)