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Politics and the common good

 

 

 Strategist | Writer | Advocate

 

 

Thank you for visiting my website.

 

 

 

I'm Jacob Lupfer, a writer living near Baltimore. Most of my work is commentary and news analysis, though I also do some academic writing. I am a contributing editor at Religion News Service. a nonsectarian news agency, My writing has also been published by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Commonweal, and other national outlets.

When it comes to American Christianity and American politics, I've been all over the map. Raised in a traditional, right-leaning family and church in Florida, I attended a conservative Southern Baptist college in Oklahoma and then a liberal United Methodist seminary in Massachusetts. In between stints as a public school teacher, I worked in parish ministry for two years. Later, I earned a master's in political science at a Jesuit university in Washington, D.C.

I went from being a young Republican to a Democratic activist. Today, most of my political work is done in support of Independent candidates, electoral reform, and breaking the two-party duopoly. I'm not without opinions on issues, but they aren't as important to me as they once were.

As a youth, I experienced religion primarily as a matter of duty. I don't recall particularly liking or disliking church. I just went. Ironically enough, I became a theological liberal as a biblical studies major at Oklahoma Baptist University. In the years that followed, I grasped for some version of liberal Christianity that I could believe honestly and with integrity. For a season, I was more devoted to ideology than to faith, but in time I reconciled my Mainline Protestantism with both the moral traditionalism and economic liberalism that the common good requires.

I resonate with English composer John Rutter, who describes himself as a "friend and fellow traveler of the Christian faith." My ecumenical impulses are strong. I count it a privilege to be friends with clergy and leaders in faith-based activism of all political and theological stripes. My experience as a scholar of religion in American politics and my intimate associations with diverse aspects of American Christianity provide a constant stream of ideas, opinions, and tensions that I explore in my writing.

My wife and I have three children under 6. I work mostly from our home in Arbutus, Maryland (Baltimore County) and from various locations in Washington, D.C.

No one is as good or as bad as they seem on the internet. I assure you the same is true of me.

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What I'm working on

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What I'm working on

The summer of 2018 is busy!

In addition to my work as a writer covering faith and politics, I spent much of the winter as a consultant to organizers of a rally on the National Mall April 4 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the King assassination.

I'm working on a proposal for a book about de facto theological universalism and the American presidency. My argument is that the presidency is not well suited for strong sectarians, and I explain this through the lens of American civil religion.

this summer I will be working with Independent candidates and organizations that support them. I am looking for more opportunities to work with people who want to break the two-party system.

I am also adding consulting clients as I continue helping faith leaders and religious organizations achieve their public-policy goals.

Happily, I will be working from the road a lot this summer, with family trips planned to Maine, Florida, and north Carolina. At home in Baltimore, my bride and I have our hands full with three young children.