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.
Separation of Powers – Really?
With Fowler West
January 12, 2018
Most of us were taught in civics class or history class that our Constitution established three branches of the federal government – Executive, Legislative, and Judicial – to provide checks and balances on each other and prevent any one of them from exercising untrammeled power over the people. We currently are experiencing a blurring of the lines and boundaries of authority between the powers of the President and executive departments, the Congress (Senate and House), and the Judiciary (Supreme Court and federal judiciary).
During recent decades, Presidents have abrogated power by issuing Executive Orders that have blatantly contradicted the stated will of Congress; Congresses have passed laws that have allowed federal departments a wide berth to issue regulations that were never the intent of the legislation, and the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary have in essence created new law by interpreting existing federal laws in novel ways.
Fowler West is President of West & West LLC, located in Alexandria, Virginia. His work largely involves protection of the environment, especially the Everglades Ecosystem. He spent more than 20 years on Capitol Hill, where in addition to serving as Administrative Assistant to former Rep. W. R. Poage of Texas and as Staff Director of the House Committee on Agriculture under Chairman Poage and former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, he worked on major agricultural, conservation, rural development, credit, nutrition and foreign food aid programs, including several major farm bills. Fowler also served two terms as a Commissioner at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). He was twice appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate.
Fowler has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Baylor University, a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University, and Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2001, Fowler was the recipient of the Steward of the Everglades Award, presented by the Everglades Coalition, for his work in the passage of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan legislation. He serves as Co-Chair of the Standing Committee of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library at Baylor University.
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.