NASHVILLE—Don Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, admits that it's difficult to keep social justice from becoming just another sexy cause, and that it's extremely difficult to maintain one's passion for changing the world—not to mention actually doing the difficult dirty work of pursuing justice in the first place.

"Raising awareness is very easy, especially in the age of Twitter, Facebook and websites," Miller said at a Blood:Water Mission (BWM) event here Friday night. "We can dress it up and make it sexy for a moment, but that's not the purpose of it. We can create this incredible image of compassion but never really ask the question, 'What is being done here?' The actual work is incredibly difficult and complex."

Miller was one of several guest speakers and musicians who appeared at "Love (As it Turns Out) Is a Battlefield," an evening of live music, conversations and film sponsored by BWM, an aid organization founded by Christian band Jars of Clay. More than 600 turned out for the event, which focused on "faith in action's flirtations with fashion, and its connection to sustainable transformation," said organizer Matt Ward, grassroots director for BWM.

Traveling from as far as Washington state and Maine to attend, audience members, including BWM's 2009 Ride:Well Bike Tour cyclists, packed out Downtown Presbyterian Church in a night highlighting modern society's tension between "cause fatigue vs. continued action," as Ward terms it.

Donations were designated to help continue BWM's commitment to provide 150,000 locals in Marsabit, Kenya sustainable solutions for Africa's HIV/AIDS and water crises.

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