By Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD


Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the National Association of Evangelicals Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

The conference was led by Galen Carey, Vice President of Government Relations, and on the day I spoke, it was in the grand marble Kennedy Caucus room in the Russell Building on Capitol Hill. It’s a gorgeous room in the Rotunda area, and between speaking and questions and answers – Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mark Udall (D-AZ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT) offered lectures on issues ranging from mass incarceration to climate change to education.

For the hundred students and faculty present, it really was a unique and special experience to engage these Senators one-on-one with good questions and challenging concerns.

I had the honor of speaking with Rev. Mitch Hescox, the President and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. Together we discussed how creation care, or climate change, and maternal & child health, namely international family planning, were intersecting issues. These are both complicated issues with complicated solutions. And we implored the students to learn more, engage more, and help us rethink how their generation can engage these often neglected, challenging issues in some Christian circles today.

For my remarks, please read here.

Special thanks to NAE and Rev. Hescox for welcoming me to this event.