Teaching RW in Washington, D.C.

Teaching RW in Washington, D.C.

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Our entire nation was stunned by yesterday’s shooting at a Congressional baseball practice. Rep. Steve Scalise was still in critical condition this morning, and three others are recovering from less severe injuries. Had it not been for the heroic intervention of two Capitol Hill police officers, we might have seen a massacre of our national leaders.

This tragedy has brought about much-needed unity on Capitol Hill. Shortly after the assault, Democrat and Republican Congressmen gathered in the Chamber for heartfelt prayer. Many of them crossed the aisle to hug colleagues who were literally ducking bullets earlier in the day.

The political rhetoric that has plagued our country for months has been temporarily dampened. But like a forest fire that reached the roots of the trees before a brief rainfall, the flames of political enmity will burst forth again unless they are thoroughly extinguished.

You and I can play a role in this healing process.

First, replace criticizing with prayer. Whenever you see or read a political news report that triggers an emotional action, resist the temptation to grumble or complain to others. Instead, let such reports move you to immediate and earnest prayer for our political leaders, for a return to civil discourse in all levels of society, and most of all, for a genuine spiritual revival throughout our country.

Second, weave humility, compassion, wisdom and grace into all of your conversations about politics. For practical guidance on how to do this, especially when conversing with people of opposite views, see the sixteen action steps described in Politics as Ministry.

Third, please pray for me as I teach three relational wisdom seminars in Washington, D.C. next week. These events will involve leaders from Congress, senior military and civilian leaders from the Pentagon, presidential appointees and foreign ambassadors.

The training is scheduled to begin on Friday with a breakfast seminar on Capitol Hill, followed by a custom seminar with Congressional Chiefs of Staff. On Saturday, I will teach a full Discovering Relational Wisdom Seminar for these national leaders, as well as their spouses and older children.

Yesterday’s attack has highlighted the need for improved emotional restraint, relational wisdom and conflict resolution in our nation’s capital, so I would deeply appreciate your prayers along these lines:

  • That many leaders in Congress, the Whitehouse, the Pentagon and Foreign Embassies would see the value in this training and decide to alter their busy schedules so they can attend one of the seminars.
  • That I would be especially sensitive to the emotional stress these leaders have experienced—both yesterday and in recent months—and that God would enable me to compassionately tailor my teaching and illustrations to address their needs and concerns.
  • That I would wisely draw on the examples of highly respected political leaders (see, e.g., Lincoln’s Relational Wisdom and Reagan, Lincoln RW and You).
  • That I would be sensitive to the volatile social issues our national leaders face as they debate and implement policies that affect our entire nation.

As part of our ministry to these leaders, we will offer each of them and the members of their staffs free access to our full online training at Academy.rw360.org in the hope that they will experience the benefit of improved relational skills both at home and in their vital national service.

Please pray for all those involved in these events and ask God to use recent political tensions and tragedies to humble and unite these leaders around the core Judeo-Christian values that form the very foundation of our nation.

~ Ken Sande

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6 Responses to "Teaching RW in Washington, D.C."
  1. Ken, I am praying as you requested and will continue to pray as you plan, travel, and speak at these events. Our Lord has graciously called and equipped you. May He draw Congressional leaders to the breakfast and seminar with hearts hungry for His healing touch and for the message of Relational Wisdom. I also pray that your individual conversations with people would be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so you would know how to answer everyone. (Col 4:6)

  2. I’m so excited about the holy possibilities of your Washington, D.C. ministry. I’m a Democrat and my husband, Bob is a Republican, and I know it is possible to constructive, even somewhat enjoyable conversations with occasionally differing views.

    I will indeed be praying for our country, our leadership and you. Could you post which days you will be there next week and possibly the times you will be meeting?

    • Thank you, Marsha. It’s great to hear that you and your husband are able discuss these issues constructively. I hope others can learn from your example! The training next week will be on Friday morning, June 23, (breakfast meeting at 8:30, staff meeting at 11) and Saturday, June 24 (seminar from 9:30-3). Thank you for your prayers!

  3. Thank you, Ken, for how you are going to ‘Show & Tell’ a much better way to deal with opposition in the hub of our nation next week! I will be praying, also.

  4. Ken, my husband Jack attended your seminar in early March in Alexandria, Virginia, and brought 5 other members from our congregation. We have also taught your peacemaking principles to the singles and marrieds in our church – what a blessing!

    We are so grateful for the opportunity God is giving you to speak on the only real hope our country has for reconciliation and unity and for officials in Washington and their families to hear it. We are in prayer for you to speak boldly, fully utilizing the Holy Spirit as you do!

    • Thank you, Barbara. God used the Alexandria training to connect me with the folks who are hosting the upcoming events. He is quite the connector! Thank you for your prayers. May God do a very great work next week!

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