Todd Deatherage

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Name
Todd Deatherage
Church Info
Home Church Address
The Falls Church Anglican
6565 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Telos
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Co-founder and Executive Director
Organization Address
P.O. Box 33248
Washington, DC 20033
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Other
Other
peacemaking
Description of Organization
Telos is an educational nonprofit working at the intersection of culture, faith and enterprise to positively transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our vision, our telos, is security, freedom, and honored dignity for every Israeli and every Palestinian. We work with U.S. leaders and communities to create a new American discourse that is meaningfully pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, and pro-peace. Our core programmatic activity is a unique pilgrimage experience for American leaders. A Telos trip affords participants the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus while encountering the real people of the modern Holy Land and learning about the conflict there. In addition to enjoying delicious Arab and Jewish cuisine, beautiful scenery, and ancient holy sites—like Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, and Bethlehem—we grapple with one of the worlds’ thorniest conflicts by engaging a variety of perspectives on both sides. On a typical trip, we meet ordinary Israelis and Palestinians; religious, political, and military leaders; and human rights and social justice activists. We walk the halls of Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial; share a Shabbat meal with Jewish families; visit a Palestinian refugee camp; experience the good and healing work of the indigenous Christian community; learn about Muslim connections to Jerusalem; and meet with Israeli settlers living in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). In all of this, we come along side those who are suffering the effects of injustice, insecurity, discrimination, and dehumanization. And we spend particular time with those Israelis and Palestinians who are pursuing justice, peacemaking and reconciliation. Telos works with a variety of communities, but we have found our work with American Christians to be largley about taking seriously the teachings of Jesus, embracing a robust kingdom of God theology, and wrestling with peacemaking as critical (and often neglected) aspect of Christian discipleship.
Organization Years In Operation
7
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
The multi-narrative and relational approach Telos employs has proven effective in helping Christians engage the world in all its beauty, brokenness and complexity. In addition, we are providing a space for people to enter with their deepest convictions and join with others in a spirit of "co-belligerency" to pursue mutual flourishing and the common good.
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
7.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
I've had no official training, just several years of hands on experience.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
We work on such a deeply divisive issue and I want to be able to both transcend some of the polarization without reducing our work to something meaningless.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
The issue I've taken on is deeply polarizing, not just with in American politics and society, but within the church.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing people embrace their calling as agents of God's kingdom to shine light into dark places.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Daily prayer, regular communion, and reading theologically serious books.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the church and the world have agreed on a lie, and that is you can be pro-Israeli and anti-Palestinian, or pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. This broken paradigm for engagement only feeds and perpetuates conflict. We are attempting to create a new paradigm, based on mutual flourishing, one that is authentically pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian and pro-peace. This is the way of peacemaking and reconciliation and is more connected to the moral universe.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
To embrace a robust kingdom of God theology, consistent with the Gospels and with John Stott's Christian Mission in the Modern World.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Simply Christian by N.T. Wright (not directly on justice, but deeply relevant) Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins Mercy by Walter Kaspar Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Les Miserables by Victor Hugo To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
One Day After Peace Shawshank Redemption Les Miserables
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
The Justice Conference
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
Two things: 1. Understand the correlation between justice and peace; and 2. Understand the correlation between justice and mercy
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
We have a wonderful opportunity and responsibility to create a theologically orthodox, apostolic Anglican communion that also embraces a robust view of the Gospel and a kingdom of God theology that compels us to live as agents of justice, peacemaking, renewal, healing, mercy and forgiveness in this now-but-not-yet time in which we live.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I became involved in politics as a young man and ended up spending 16 years in policy positions on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. State Department. As a follower of Christ, I began to be wrestle with what living out my faith looked like in a pluralistic society, how to live in the world and not of it. For me, I became very interested in working across lines, despite deep differences, in pursuit of the common good. And I also became very interested in international issues and the role of US power in the world. Ultimately, my work led me to the Middle East and to a feeling of implication, both as an American and as an evangelical Christian, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and gave me a desire to see it through the lens justice and mercy, and peace and reconciliation.