Rev. John Edgar is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church for All People (@4allpeople4), a racially and economically diverse congregation in Columbus, Ohio. Rev. Edgar is also the Executive Director of Community Development for All People, a multi-faceted nonprofit where All People are empowered to pursue their hopes, dreams, and aspirations on the South Side of Columbus.

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God's Children Are Not Your Bargaining Chips

by Rev. John Edgar, by Katelin Hansen 02-11-2019

New York City - January 10, 2019: People protesting the ongoing government shutdown in front of a federal building in Lower Manhattan. Editorial credit: Christopher Penler /

As is so often the case, it is the poor and marginalized that are the most vulnerable to these arrogant battles of political will. We have now seen that our leaders were willing to hold families and their children hostage, allowing their wellbeing to be threatened by the reckless shut down of portions of the federal government for nothing more than partisan political gain.