FACE (Faith Action for Community Equity) hosted a meeting on October 15, 2010 with gubernatorial candidate and former Representative Neil Abercrombie to discuss the issue of faith in public life with an audience of clergy. Mr. Abercrombie addressed certain criticisms that have been leveled at him and other candidates for office, critiquing whether they have the right credentials of faith and religion to be in a leadership position in government.
In Neil Abercrombie’s response, you will find a depth of thinking and reflection that I find rare as a public official. After all, how many politicians do you know who study and quote such lights as Thomas Merton, the Dalai Lama, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mahatma Gandhi, Paul Tillich, or Rheinhold Neibhur?
(Note: This video is unedited. The breaks in the video come from the camera cutting off after 5 minutes or so – a limitation in writing .avi files on Nikon equipment.)