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Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Nevada published Larry
Struve’s book, “A Humble Walk for Justice:
Advocating for the Least of These in Nevada, 2001 to 2012 in June,
2013. In just three months’ time, the
book has received very positive feedback.
“A Humble Walk” is Larry’s personal account of his twelve years as the
LAMN Advocate, but it is also a testament to the change that can come about
when people of faith participate in the democratic process. The book is a history of LAMN and RAIN—the
struggles, but also the credibility and access that has been achieved and
continues to grow. At the end of the
2013 Legislative Session, one local legislator told Larry that if LAMN and RAIN
have legislation they want submitted in the next Session, he would be pleased to
The feedback that Larry has received about “A Humble Walk”
speaks for itself:
NV: "I read your book this summer and must say I am impressed,
not only with your activism, but also your compassion for those less
fortunate than most in our society. You should be well pleased with
the results you were able to achieve."
Anonymous Inmate in
the California Department of Corrections (Vacaville, CA): "I
received your book. Your odyssey and perseverance are truly inspiring.
Of course, I found pages 222 to 230 on IDs for released offenders to be
particularly interesting. It's amazing how an obviously desirable goal
can take forever to accomplish."
ME: "I [found] your book [to be] fascinating. . . .
I would like to provide a copy of it to our pastor for its inspirational
message. The philosophy you have expressed with such erudition and
literary skill is universal, and I am sure our pastor will be pleased to
recognize it. I personally found your book . . .
heartwarming. So much hard work against so many odds with remarkably so
much success. And your identifying and commenting on others who
seemed genuinely to embody the true Christian spirit in a 'Wild West'
state such as Nevada. The message was inspirational as well
T. M., Dallas, TX:
"I admire [the work done for LAMN and RAIN], and I'm looking forward to
reading more about it."
Prof. D.S., Winona,
MN: "Your book certainly illustrates the general problem for
democracy of short-term decisions and crisis management to the exclusion of
rational long-term planning. You offer a piece of a solution with the
idea of blue-ribbon committees that gather in-put from all sectors of the
community. I think the problem is a very deep one for democratic theory;
but your book at least certainly gives clear illustration of the problem. … I like your distinction between a lobbyist and an advocate, as you understand an advocate in the
context of a representative of a religious coalition. In this regard, I
like your 'virtues of an advocate' as indicated and outlined near the end of
your book. … Another point your book illustrates is that it is
very easy for the pundits to say what the policy should or should not be on a
particular issue. But it is something else altogether to actually face
the complicated realities when one gets into the specifics. …
All this is simply to say that wise legislation requires real, in-depth
education on the issues.
G. W., Mountain
View, CA: "I have read [A Humble Walk for Justice] and want to tell [the author] that you have done a
marvelous job in telling clearly and interestingly the story of the advocacy
that [LAMN and RAIN] engaged in for twelve years. I hope [the book] will
be an inspiration for many others to continue and expand the work that [is
written about] in the book. It is hopeful, impressive, and needed."
By Sheila Freed, Past Treasurer and Member, LAMN Statewide
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LAMN MARKS SUCCESSES
AT NEVADA LEGISLATURE
By Sheila Freed
The state Legislature
adjourned in June, and Lutheran Advocacy Ministry In Nevada is
looking back with a real sense of accomplishment. Our new Advocate, Rev. Mike Patterson, had
barely started work when the session began, and he told us later he had no idea
what he was getting himself into. The
learning curve was very steep, but Mike handled it beautifully, and during the
session he gained such respect for his work that he was among the invited
guests at a bill-signing ceremony for AB 67 and AB 311.
Mike put in long hours meeting with legislators, giving
testimony in committees, and of course boning up on the issues ahead of
time. His work was certainly made easier
by the work of his predecessor, our Advocate Emeritus, Larry Struve. LAMN
has recently published Larry’s memoir of his work at the Legislature, “A Humble
Walk for Justice.” LAMN is pleased to be able to offer the book to donors
to LAMN. (Click "ORDER BOOK" in the menu at left)
With all the success
that Mike and Larry have had in speaking for those who have no voice, it’s easy
to conclude that “God is on our side.”
That’s true, of course, but we Lutherans look at our Christian life as a
process, being daily forgiven, and daily working on our calling to serve our
neighbor. It’s no different with
advocacy. Issues such as taxation,
education, health care, and law enforcement are difficult. Seldom are all the valid arguments on one
side of an issue.
A lot has been written since the 2012 election about how the
Republican party is out of step with the views of most of the population, and
how the party is in denial about that.
Some in the party have suggested they become even more extreme, others
have said they’re just not presenting the message well enough. There’s a fascinating article in the June
issue of Atlantic that talks about
how in the late 1980’s, the Democratic Party was in exactly the same spot. Democrats were perceived as extreme on such
issues as affirmative action, welfare reform, gun control and more. It took an outside group, the Democratic
Leadership Council, to break through the party’s denial and isolation.
document states that the bases for our advocacy are the Scriptures, the creeds,
Lutheran confessional writings, and the Social Statements of the ELCA. The statement says, “Adequate research, sound
Lutheran theological foundation, and careful study are essential in the
development of advocacy positions. . . .”
We in LAMN really try to live by that, and in our Policy Council
meetings, we do analyze pending legislation in that way. We are especially mindful of the Social
Statements, because they speak to issues in our society today, and they take
inspiration from the earlier writings. Also, the Social Statements have been vetted
by current church leaders: Every one has
been voted on by a Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA.
So as LAMN goes forward, we will continue to struggle
with the tough issues, to speak for
those who have no voice while being mindful that all voices need to be
heard. We invite you to join us in this process.