In light of BridgeBuilders’ dramatic achievements in the area of urban missions and poverty alleviation under Michael’s leadership, Michael was invited to join the Acton Institute as a Regular Contributor, offering subject-matter expertise on urban missions, poverty, and race.
The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a premier think-tank, located in Grand Rapids, MI, whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. The Acton Institute is named after the great English historian, Lord John Acton (1834-1902). He is best known for his famous remark: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Inspired by his work on the relationship between liberty and morality, the Acton Institute seeks to articulate a vision of society that is both free and virtuous, the end of which is human flourishing.
In addition to their many excellent resources, the Acton Institute also produced the critically acclaimed film, Poverty, Inc., which is available on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon. Acton also launched the Poverty Cure, an initiative that seeks to ground the battle against local and global poverty in a proper understanding of the human person and society, and to encourage solutions that foster opportunity and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that already fills poverty-stricken areas of the developed and developing world. BridgeBuilders is an official member of the Poverty Cure Global Network.
Michael has already spoken at two Acton events attended by pastors from across the U.S. where his thought-provoking message was well received. One African-American pastor commented, “That challenged me to rethink everything I thought I understood about race!”
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