Abraham Vereide founds the prayer breakfast movement in the United States.
1942 Vereide founds the International Christian
Leadership (ICL) group together with Marian Johnsen, incorporated as Fellowship
Foundation, in Chicago as the US headquarters for the International prayer
He is the executive director of this organization
until his death.
1953 Vereide started the
Presidential Prayer Breakfast, later called the National Prayer Breakfast or
the International Prayer Breakfast.
President Dwight Eisenhower
speaking to an audience that included Billy Graham, hotel magnate Conrad Hilton
and 400 political, religious and business leaders, proclaims that "all free
government is firmly founded in a deeply felt religious faith."
National Prayer Breakfast, held in the Hilton's International Ballroom, is
typically attended by some 3,500 guests, including international invitees from
over 100 countries with Fellowship Foundation funding.
Records of the Fellowship Foundation
1976 "The Fellowship pays $1.5 million for the Cedars, the
money coming from Tom Phillips, the CEO of Raytheon, and Ken Olsen, the CEO of
Digital Equipment Corporation. Sanford McDonnell of McDonnell Douglas
Corporation was another deep-pocketed supporter of the Fellowship through Full
Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International, an activity linked to
Fellowship core member Pat Robertson. began looking for a permanent
headquarters in Arlington.
A letter from the Fellowship Foundation's
lawyers, Barman, Radigan, Suiters & Brown, to Van Caffo, Zoning
Administrator for Arlington County, dated September 9, 1976, requested
permission to house "overnight guests" at the Fellowship's recently-purchased
estate, known as "The Cedars." The letter stated, "no more than ten individuals
could be accommodated at any one time."
The letter also affirmed, "that
no [emphasis in original] person not involved in the Fellowship would ever be
invited to spend the night at the House."
That statement would later
prove embarrassing to a number of politicians who stayed at Fellowship group
homes while insisting they were not members of the group.
A letter from
Arlington County's Department of Inspection Services to Coe's attorneys, dated
September 20, 1976, granted the Fellowship use of the Cedars as a "place of
worship."" - Wayne Madsen
1974 Sun Myung Moon
asks church members in the United States to support President Richard Nixon
during the Watergate scandal when Nixon was being pressured to resign his
Church members pray and fast in support of Nixon for three days
in front of the United States Capitol, under the motto: "Forgive, Love and
1975 Moon speaks against North Korean
aggression in Seoul and a speech at an event organized by the Unification
Church in Washington DC.
1976 Charles Wendall
Colson founds Prison Fellowship Ministries.
Charles Colsons Jails for Jesus
"The church has
been plagued with celebrity Christians for much of this century. Colson is a
good example of a man who has had some sort of religious experience and is
smart enough to parlay that into an organization and movement that keeps his
celebrity status alive. But the doctrine he teaches is false." - John W.
Robbins, The Counterfeit Gospel of Charles Colson
formulation - against the world for the world - is not precisely biblical
language. But I think it elegantly sums up the Christian public-square posture
writ large. I would challenge pastors to preach on this theme, or a related
one. I would challenge lay Christians to act on it. We all have a role to
play." - Owen Strachan, Associate Professor of Christian Theology at
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
1978 Koreagate scandal: Tongsun Park and
Congressman Richard T. Hanna agree to share the commissions from American rice
sales to South to obtain favorable decisions for Seoul in the United States
Congress. Hanna aided Chung Il Kwon and Park in finding effective lobbying
techniques by advising the pair to emulate Taiwanese and Israeli models that
had succeeded in the past.
1983 Sun Myung Moon
starts the Washington Times, a paper that was built on the remains of the
William F. Buckley's defunct Washington Evening Star.
1984 The Fellowship achieves a record at its National Prayer
The 34th such gathering attracted representatives from over
100 nations. Similar prayer breakfasts are held in over 500 American cities.
Pat Robertson's 700
Club began the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which cleverly
combined news broadcasts with religious programming. In Ronald Reagan called
the money-losing Washington Times his favorite newspaper.
Showing Faith in Discretion
Junkets for Jesus
A secretive religious group that
operates a congressional boardinghouse near the US Capitol might have used
money from a terrorist organization to fund overseas trips for certain members
of Congress, according to a complaint filed Oct 13 with the Internal Revenue
Service by 13 Columbus pastors.
"We believe that the facts detailed in
this complaint present a dangerous threat to the integrity of our government
and to churches and other charities in the United States," the pastors wrote in
the eight-page complaint. It is the pastors' latest attempt to lift the cover
off of the Fellowship Foundation, which for decades has sponsored the annual
National Prayer Breakfast and has provided discreet religious counseling to
high-ranking American and international government officials.
foundation and its leader, Doug Coe, "poach the teachings of Jesus and distort
them to their end," said the Rev. Eric Williams, pastor of North Congregational
United Church of Christ on the Northwest Side. The 12 other ministers who
signed the complaint, and their denominations: Eric Brown, Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ); William Casto, United Methodist; Al Debelak, Evangelical
Lutheran in America; Jim Gebhart, United Methodist; Forrest Hoppe, United
Church of Christ; Kim Keethler Ball, American Baptist Churches/USA; David
Meredith, United Methodist; Roger Miller, United Church of Christ; Bob
Molsberry, United Church of Christ; Jo Anne Nay, United Church of Christ;
Stephen Smith, Episcopal; and Cynthia Speller, United Church of
Since 2004, the year the foundation received funds from the
terrorist organization, the complaint says that it has sponsored a number of
overseas trips by members of Congress: Reps. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Mike
Doyle, D-Pa., Joe Pitts, R-Pa., and John Carter, R-Texas; former Rep. Frank
Wolf, R-Va.; and Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and John Ensign, R-Nev.
complaint also offers new evidence that the Arlington, Va.-based Fellowship
Foundation "provides direct and indirect assistance" to the C Street Center, a
red-brick boardinghouse for members of Congress just a short walk from the
The pastors complained to the IRS that the C Street Center is
providing cut-rate rent for congressional residents, who might be liable for
unpaid taxes and penalties if they did not report the rent perquisite as
Clergy Seek End Of Tax Exemption For Structure Owned By The
Why does James Inhofe still support Gbagbo?
Which U.S. Senator Revealed He Has Traveled to Africa More Than
100 Times to Pray With Those in Need?
2017 3,500 political leaders, military chiefs and corporate moguls meet
for eggs, sausage, muffins - and prayer at the Washington, DC 65th National
Donald Trump opens with a dumb joke.
February 21, 2017 Douglas Evans Coe, a lay minister and global
ambassador for Jesus known primarily for his unassuming personal relational and
spiritual mentorship - from inner-city youth to national and international
leaders - passed peacefully to his reward on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at his
home in Annapolis, Maryland, after a brief hospitalization following a heart
attack and stroke. He and his wife had six children and 21
2018 66th National Prayer
Breakfast: Donald Trump opens respectfully.
Maria Butina and the National Prayer Breakfast
Inhofe wants to change U.S. policy on Africa
Inhofe urges Republicans to back budget deal for militarys
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