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Office Hours with Knox Thames

By March 18, 2014Office Hours

On Saturday morning, Knox Thames will be at Blue speaking about creating space for religious freedom.


What song is at the top of your playlist?

U2’s Beautiful Day (See the video.)

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A receiver for the University of Alabama football team (and score a touchdown)

What is the best piece of either personal or professional advice you’ve gotten?

No matter your current circumstances, write this chapter of your life in such a way that when you look back, you can remember this season knowing you conducted yourself well.
(Or, if you’re going through Hell, keep going!)

Do you have a favorite quote or scripture verse that motivates and inspires you?

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Be immovable. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Do you have a website or blog to share with our readers?

30 Years War: Thoughts about the interplay of violence, religion, and global affairs

More about Knox:

Knox Thames
Director of Policy and Research at the U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom

An expert on religious freedom, human rights, and counter extremism, Knox Thames is the Director of Policy and Research at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Thames is also an Adjunct Professor at the Army War College and a member of the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. Before USCIRF, he was the lead State Department officer on religious freedom issues in multilateral fora, such as the UN and OSCE. In 2010, he was invited to join the Council on Foreign Relations as a term member. An author of numerous articles on a range of foreign policy issues, he has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, FOX News, and the Washington Post.

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Hi My Friend,

​​​I’d like to invite you to join me on March 24 & 25​ at Blue Conference
Blue is a two-day ​event​ designed to engage people thoughtfully in difficult conversations through curated talks​ (think Ted Talks). Together we’ll explore the ideas shaping our culture and ​explore how​ to find answers in a changing culture​ and embody the gospel in this moment.​ ​ I think you’ll enjoy the conference so I already purchased a ticket for you. Here is a sample of the topics and speakers:

· Sexual Brokenness and the Hope of the Gospel // Steve Arterburn
· Race, Faith and Hope for America // Dr. Michael Waters
· Rediscovering God: Reconciling Faith and Science // Mike McHargue
· The Science of Feeding the World // Dr. Hongda Chen
· Parenting in a Digital Age // Dr. Steven Argue
· Q & A – Refugees and Politics

Please let me know if you can join me as soon as possible.

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