We had a bit of free time before the sessions began so we explored a bit. It is a bit surreal to walk a couple of blocks and stand in back of the White House.
We picked the Smithsonian Museum of American History for this trip.
|Julia Child's kitchen|
|a bit of Oklahoma|
|World War II Memorial|
|Sunset over the Potomac|
|where Lincoln died|
And the church had beautiful windows.
We then headed to an afternoon session at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty to learn about their work.
Along the way we passed the site of the National Women's Party (now a museum).
After introductions to the work of the Baptist Joint Committee, the afternoon focused on Payday Lending and attempted reform.
The next day was filled with a visit to Senator James Lankford:
a walk through the Supreme Court building
and the Library of Congress.
|Thomas Jefferson's library|
We ended up at Bread for the World for our afternoon session. It was good to sit down for a bit.
On the last day we met at Calvary Baptist Church (one block from the Verizon center and it's ACC Championship).
I attended a session on immigration advocacy and co-worker attended one over international religious freedom. Our brains were stuffed at this point and it was time to get back home. It was an amazing opportunity, helping me gain a better understanding of how to speak for those in my community. And as always, no matter where I seem to go, I can't wait to go back (and with my family)! Who can resist with so much history and amazing souvenirs like this?