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Encyclopedia > The Family (Christian political organization)
"The Fellowship" redirects here. For the fictional organization see The Fellowship (Ultima).

The Family (also known as The Fellowship, The Fellowship Foundation, and The International Foundation) is the name of a U.S. Christian organization based in Arlington, Virginia. The group, which has a membership that includes several prominent members of the United States Congress, is best known for its organization of the annual National Prayer Breakfast, at which the President of the United States always makes an address. The Fellowship is a fictional religious organization found in Ultima series of computer games. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Type Bicameralism Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D, since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D, since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican... The Roots of the Fellowship The roots of the Fellowship go back to the 1930s and a Norwegian immigrant and Methodist minister named Abraham Vereide. ... For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ...



The Family was founded in Seattle in 1935 by Abraham Vereide, a Norwegian immigrant and traveling preacher who had been working with the city's poor, and who feared that Socialist politicians were about to take over Seattle's municipal government. He organized prayer breakfasts among politicians and businessmen which involved private prayer and fellowship based upon the life and teachings of Jesus, and included anti-Communism and anti-[[Labor union|union] discussions. He subsequently set up similar meetings among political and business leaders in San Francisco and Chicago. By 1942, the organization had moved headquarters to Washington, DC, where it helped create breakfast groups in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. In 1944, the organization's name was changed to International the Christian Leadership, then in 1972, to The Fellowship Foundation. It was at this time that the group's leaders decided to lower the Fellowship's public profile by decentralizing its leadership. Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869  - Mayor Greg Nickels Area    - City 369. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Socialism is a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

The organization has been active in anti-Communist activities globally, making itself available to any interested party, and incurring some distrust for interacting with dictators including Brazilian dictator Marshal Artur da Costa e Silva, General Suharto of Indonesia, Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova, and Honduran general Gustavo Alvarez Martinez. The Fellowship has been active in reconciliation efforts between the warring leaders of The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. ... General Suharto (born June 8, 1921) was an Indonesian dictator and military strongman. ...

Current operations

The Family is incorporated in the United States as a tax-free 501(c)3 organization operating under the name The Fellowship Foundation. While they conduct no fundraising operations, they reported revenues of more than $12 million in 2003 from donations. Its mission statement is: 501(c)(3) is the type of non-profit organization that is dominant in the United States. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

"To develop and maintain an informal association of people banded together, to go out as "ambassadors of reconciliation", modeling the principles of Jesus, based on loving God and loving others. To work with the leaders of other nations, and as their hearts are touched, the poor, the oppressed, the widows and the youth of their country will be impacted in a positive manner. Youth groups will be developed under the thoughts of Jesus, including loving others as you want to be loved."

The Fellowship, which strives to be "invisible," has received media attention for allegedly having behind-the-scenes influence over political leaders. For example, the organization operates a group residence, registered as a church, near the United States Capitol, with space for at least six Congressional representatives to live; Representatives normally do so only while Congress is in session. Prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense. Connections to the CIA have also been alleged. The headquarters is a building called Cedars, donated in 1978 from, among others, Tom Phillips, CEO of arms manufacturer Raytheon; and Ken Olsen of Digital Equipment Corporation. The United States Capitol The United States Capitol is the capitol building that serves as the location for the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. ... The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located at 48 N. Rotary Road, Arlington, Virginia 22211 (Map). ... The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ... Cedars is: The name of a Virginia mansion, headquarters of The Fellowship Foundation. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is a major United States military contractor based in Waltham, Massachusetts. ... Ken Olsen calling UNIX snake oil Kenneth H. Olsen (born on February 20, 1926) is an American engineer who cofounded Digital Equipment Corporation in 1957 with colleague Harlan Anderson. ... The DEC logo Digital Equipment Corporation was a pioneering American company in the computer industry. ...

Current Congressional membership of the group is overwhelmingly from the Republican Party. Senators who have been cited as members of the organization include Sam Brownback of Kansas, Don Nickles and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Charles Grassley of Iowa, Pete Domenici of New Mexico, John Ensign of Nevada, Bill Nelson of Florida, Conrad Burns of Montana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina. A recent article in the Atlantic Monthly noted the membership of Hillary Clinton of New York. Congressmen who have been cited as members include Frank Wolf of Virginia, Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, Zach Wamp of Tennessee, and Bart Stupak of Michigan. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Seal of the U.S. Senate The Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the other being the House of Representatives. ... 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National Prayer Breakfast

The Fellowship sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast each year on the first Thursday of February in Washington, D.C.. First held in 1953, the event is now attended by over 3,400 guests including dignitaries from many nations. The President of the United States typically makes an address at the breakfast. Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ...

In February 2006, the event was co-chaired by Senators Norm Coleman and Mark Pryor. Speakers included King Abdullah II of Jordan, musician Bono [1], and President George W. Bush. In February 2007, Members of Congress Emanuel Cleaver, II, (Missouri) and Jo Ann Davis (Virginia) co-chaired the National Prayer Breakfast. Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project, gave the message. Norman Bertram Norm Coleman Jr. ... Mark Lunsford Pryor (born January 10, 1963) is a politician in Arkansas. ... King Abdullah and Queen Rania King Abdullah appears here at a summit in Mexico. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...

External links

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The Family (Christian political organization) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (640 words)
The Family (also known as The Fellowship, The Fellowship Foundation, and The International Foundation) is the name of a U.S. Christian organization based in Arlington, Virginia.
It organized breakfast prayers among politicians and businessmen, where the political agenda was anti-Communism and anti-union.
The Family is currently incorporated in the United States as a tax-free 501(c)3 organization operating under the name The Fellowship Foundation.
John Paul II - Familiaris Consortio (12906 words)
Christian parents will thus be able to spread their love beyond the bonds of flesh and blood, nourishing the links that are rooted in the spirit and that develop through concrete service to the children of other families, who are often without even the barest necessities.
The Christian family is called upon to take part actively and responsibly in the mission of the church in a way that is original and specific by placing itself in what it is and what it does as an "intimate community of life and love" at the service of the church and of society.
Christian spouses and parents are required to offer "the obedience of faith."[121] They are called upon to welcome the word of the Lord, which reveals to them the marvelous news--the good news--of their conjugal and family life sanctified and made a source of sanctity by Christ himself.
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