Capital Culture: Lawmakers Turn to Faith Leaders

July 13, 2010

Author: Christine Simmons

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

When senators were tripping over one another to run for president in 2008, a number of them turned to a Senate adviser to discuss campaign challenges and opportunities. It didn't matter that their opponents were talking to the same person.

Senate chaplain Barry Black heard about all the ups and downs: The senators were exhausted or elated, optimistic or downcast, worried about poll numbers, unsure whether to run.

Black would reframe their challenges in theological or philosophical terms and reassure them that "things are going to play out in the way God would want," he said.