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Westmont, IL—Recently named White House Fellow Adam Taylor was not yet born during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, but that hasn’t stopped the historical time period from influencing his life and work. His upcoming book, Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post–Civil Rights Generation (InterVarsity Press), shows how faith-based activists can learn important lessons from the past in how to love our neighbors (wherever they reside) as ourselves. Although only thirty- three, Taylor’s life experiences and vantage point allow him to write staggering stories of the power of people, led by the Spirit of God, to change the world for the better.
Taylor was selected as one of fifteen outstanding men and women to serve in the 2009-2010 class of White House Fellows. Created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows Program gives promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government . . . to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” Community service is an important component of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout the year in the Washington, D.C., area. First Lady Michelle Obama observes, “The program not only allows for a variety of perspectives to come together, offering expertise and experience to benefit the administration’s efforts, but these Fellows in turn carry what they’ve learned to their own communities to benefit Americans far beyond the walls of the White House.”
Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the federal government. Taylor was no exception. Formerly the senior political director at Sojourners he was responsible for leading the organization’s advocacy, coalition building and constituency outreach. He also formerly served as executive director of Global Justice , an organization that educates and mobilizes students around global human rights and economic justice. Before cofounding Global Justice, he worked as an associate at the Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and as an Urban Fellow in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development in New York City. Taylor currently serves as an associate minister at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
Editor Dave Zimmerman comments on the forthcoming book: “Adam is a great voice for a bubbling movement: activists for whom the Civil Rights movement isn’t a lived reality but a historical precedent. It’s often overlooked how essential Christian faith and discipleship was to the vitality of the Civil Rights movement. But it was, and that faith-inspired activism helped the movement make history. There’s history to be made today, and Adam’s got a good handle on how it’ll be made in a way that takes into account the realities of the globalized, technologically advanced, environmentally vulnerable twenty-first century.”
Founded in 1947 as an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, InterVarsity Press serves those in the university, the church and the world by publishing thoughtful Christian books that equip and encourage people to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of life. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, InterVarsity Press is made up of three lines of books: IVP Academic, which includes texts, commentaries and dictionaries by leading Christian scholars; IVP Books, made up of general titles on a wide variety of topics such as Christian living, prayer and evangelism, and also the Likewise and Formatio imprints; and IVP Connect, comprising over 150 unique Bible study guides, as well as resources for group leaders. InterVarsity Press resources are sold worldwide and have been translated into dozens of languages.
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