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The Rev. James Lawson: Supporting families, Children’s Defense Fund


The Rev. James Lawson is a United Methodist pastor and recognized leader of the civil rights movement in the United States. Lawson was an advisor to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
The United Methodist News Service recently sat down with Rev. Lawson at a workshop hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund. Lawson spoke about what churches can do to be a voice for children and families through organizations like the Children’s Defense Fund.

“I’m convinced, Gandhi was convinced, others have been convinced in the past, that the agenda of the human race is an agenda different from the power brokers who have lived in every generation and in every century. The power brokers may want domination and control. They want wealth. They may want to control all the oil of the world, but we, the people, have never deviated from our agenda, which is the agenda of taking care of our children and our families, influencing their lives, nurturing them, sustaining them, doing the work of the family and the home. So, CDF has as its primary agenda to get in policy and practice the children of America to become the children of all the people and of the tax dollar. And I happen personally to think that that’s a very first-rate agenda to reflect the Kingdom of God, to reflect the teachings of Isaiah and Jesus. I happen to think that that’s one of the major pieces of work that religious people of the church can do.”

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn. Media contact is Fran Walsh.

This content was first published on August 9, 2016.