Second Friday Breakfast
The Men of Westminster holds a breakfast meeting the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:00 to 8:15 AM in Fellowship Hall, with a skilled speaker and discussion facilitator to stimulate thought on how God is working in our lives. Men, don’t miss the fellowship and discussions! Full breakfast provided (donations accepted). Contact Dudley Schadeberg with questions and reservations.
Outlook for the 2018 Midterm Elections
With Dan Judy, North Star Opinion Research
February 9, 2018
Since the mid-20th century, national politics settled down to a familiar pattern of Republicans and Democrats alternately trading off the Presidency of the United States every eight years; that pattern, with a couple of notable exceptions, continues to this day. Until the 1990s, the Republicans for the most part, were the minority party in the U. S. Senate and the House of Representatives, and they knew their place – they were always going to be the junior partners in the legislative branch. Democrats maintained their majorities with the help of a significant block of office holders representing southern and border states. Both political parties were more ideologically diverse, and a great amount of governance was accomplished in a bipartisan manner.
During the last three decades, however, partisan politics have continued to become more contentious, with both of the two major parties becoming increasingly more ideological in nature. Now, each election and special election seems to have become Armageddon, and the party out of power has been united in its resolve not to cooperate with the majority party in passing any significant legislation.
With the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, there has been constant turmoil in both major political parties, and a level of resistance has arisen among the Establishment, the mass media, and some sections of society in general. Dan Judy, Vice President of North Star Opinion Research, a national public opinion and public affairs research firm in Alexandria, will share his expertise and opinions about the current political environment, and provide a look ahead to the 2018 national midterm elections next fall.
Dan often offers commentary on polling and the political issues of the day, and his analysis has appeared on network television stations across the country, BBC World TV and radio, NPR’s Morning Edition, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The Hill, and the National Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in political science and history. He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Dan was born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, and is a passionate fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Falcons. He and his wife are members of Westminster, and have a two-year old daughter, Rosie. Dan has served as an elder and chairman of the Stewardship Committee. They live in Alexandria.
The Men of Westminster take an annual retreat in February to the Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center in Comus, Maryland. In 2017, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation led by the Rev. James F. Cubie, who has served with the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington since 2011 as a member of the Company of Teachers.
2018 Retreat: Reformational Reckoning with the End
with Jon D. Wood, George Washington University
February 2-4 at Hallowood Retreat Center
Christians assert that Jesus reveals the sense of all creation. He is the decisive point – the beginning, and crucially, the end. Protestantism became a movement at all only because Reformers set an urgent agenda to extol Jesus’ decisiveness from amidst the heaps of trailing phrases and outrageous failings. Does any of this sound relevant five hundred years later? Jon will explore with us some of the ways in which the Reformed tradition provides a rich legacy of engaging the world with an urgent conviction that Jesus alone is the point, the period, the exclamation of a redemptive story.
We are fortunate to have Jon D. Wood as our leader. He has served with the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington since 2013 as a member of the Company of Teachers, lecturing and leading seminars on religious topics. He received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and also holds a Ph.D. in Church History from Princeton. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at George Washington University, where he teaches the history of Christianity and world religions.
It is not too soon to mark your calendar to reserve this weekend. The retreat will again take place at the popular Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center, located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain near Comus, Maryland. Sign up by downloading the registration form below and returning it to Dudley Schadeberg.