Thursday, January 28, 2010


Virginia Governor Gives GOP Response to President Obama's State of the Union Address

To listen to the President's State of the Union Address, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Virginia: Westin Takes an Anti-Racist Stand

The Westin Washington Dulles Hotel last night confirmed that the conference scheduled by "white nationalist" group New Century Foundation / American Renaissance has been canceled at their hotel.

The "white nationalist" group New Century Foundation / American Renaissance is on the list of "hate groups" by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and is described as "white supremacist" by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). It has been tracked by law enforcement agencies.

The American Renaissance / New Century Foundation website provides a cacophony of White Supremacist hate commentaries mocking Black Americans based on their IQ, arguing that the genetics of Black Americans make them intellectually inferior, and railing against "the color of crime" with comments attacking Blacks and Hispanic individuals. It warns its readers about "Transition to Black Rule" and attacks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's focus is exclusively on a white supremacist perspective on race with books and articles entitled: "Why Race Matters," "Racial Heresies of the 21st Century," and "Race and the American Prospect."

R.E.A.L. (Responsible for Equality and Liberty) and other organizations opposing racism
applauded the Westin Washington Dulles Hotel and Starwood Hotels on their commitment to diversity, and their principled stand on respecting the human dignity and human rights of all of their customers.

DAWN joins these organizations in urging you to contact the Westin Washington Dulles Hotel and let them know how much you appreciate their stand. DAWN also remains committed to an end to racism on both a personal and an institutional level, in both the church and society.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


White House Official Speaks at Regional Gathering to Honor Dr. King

Paul Monteiro, Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, was this year's guest speaker at the Christian Church Capital Area's annual event celebrating the birthday, life, mission, ministry, vision, and continuing challenge of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Montiero is a lawyer and a teacher who served on Barack Obama's staff when the latter was a Senator. When the Senator became a candidate for President, Montiero became the Deputy Director of Religious Affairs. After the Senator was elected President, Monteiro helped organize the Inaugural National Prayer Service, which included Dr. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA, as a participant and featured GMP Sharon Watkins as the first woman ever to deliver the sermon at a Presidential Inauguration event.

The Capital Area event was hosted by Twelfth Street Christian Church and its Senior Pastor, Dr. Paul Saddler. The worship leader was The Rev. Michael Paige, Chair of the region's Commission for Mission and pastor at Michigan Park Christian Church; and the presiding minister was the Regional Minister, The Rev. Lari Grubbs. The speaker was introduced by Dr. Ken Brooker Langston, director of the Disciples Justice Action Network and coordinator of the Disciples Center for Public Witness.

Mr. Monteiro spoke to a gathering of over 100 Disciples and others about the humanity of our heroes and the heroic potential of all people, no matter how imperfect we may be.

Monday, January 18, 2010



The DISCIPLES ADVOCACY & WITNESS NETWORK of the Christian Church Capital Area joins many others within our region, throughout our denomination, across our nation, and around the globe to honor the birthday, life, mission, vision, and continuing challenge of one of America's strongest advocates for justice and peace: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PRAYER: O God of our salvation, give us the grace and strength to keep Dr. King's dream alive, and to make his vision of the Beloved Community a central part of our lives as Christians, as Americans, and as members of the world community. We make this prayer in the name of the One who gave the vision to Dr. King and to us, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

CLICK HERE to watch Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech.

Watch President Obama's speech at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, DC: "Martin Luther King and the Challenges of a New Age."

Read the Transcript | Download Video: mp4 (342MB) | mp3 (25MB)

CLICK HERE to read the full transcript.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. King's speech to striking sanitation workers in Memphis.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. King's speech on the Vietnam War.

Saturday, January 09, 2010



WHAT: The Christian Church Capital Area will hold its annual event remembering and honoring the life, dream, legacy, and continuing challenge of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

WHERE: Twelfth Street Christian Church
1812 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
just a few blocks from the U Street Metro

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Special Guest Speaker: PAUL MONTEIRO
Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Special White House Liaison to the Religious Community

Please plan to join us!

We hope to see you and at least 4 other people from your congregation there.

To let us know you're coming, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

SPECIAL DAWN MEETING: 2PM at 12th Street Christian Church.
Just prior to the regional King Sunday Worship Service.

INVITED: All DAWN leaders, new congregational contacts, and all persons interested in the ministry of the Disciples Advocacy and Witness Network in the Christian Church Capital Area.