President Obama spoke at the Q conference via video this morning, a week after hosting many Christian leaders at the White House's Easter prayer breakfast. He and his family also celebrated Easter at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
In his Q address, Obama referred to the Easter breakfast.
"It was a time to reflect on what Christ did for us on the cross, and praise a God whose work in our midst didn't culminate on the cross, but continues today," Obama said. "That work can be found in our culture, our congregations, our missions, and our love for one another. It can be found in all of you who are doing your part around the world to address our most difficult challenges. God's hand is moving through his people."
Obama specifically mentioned the Passion Conference's efforts to end modern slavery and Portland congregations who are working with local city government to serve community (CT's November cover story focused on Portland's efforts). "In all these efforts, I want you to know that you have a partner in the White House," Obama said. "But we also know that government isn't the only answer. So many of the challenges we face are also problems of the heart, and without committed individuals, thriving families and strong institutions, any attempt to address them will be incomplete."
The Q conference is a gathering of 700 evangelicals in Washington, D.C., today to listen to cultural and political leaders, such as David Brooks of The New York Times and Andy Crouch from Christianity Today, highlight the best ideas.
"The fact of Easter, and the reality of what God is doing in the world requires us to confront the opportunities and challenges of our age," Obama said in his address. "I look forward to continuing to work ...1