+Bartholomew Pushes Health Care, Nonviolence in DC Meetings

November 5, 2009

By Michelle Boorstein

Is Orthodox Christianity progressive?

To see the spiritual leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians making his rounds in Washington this week – meeting with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Senate leader Reid and speaking at the Brookings Institution today – you could make that case. In his talk yesterday at Georgetown University (sponsored by the left-leaning Center for American Progress), the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew spoke about the spiritual imperative for nonviolence, universal health care and reducing consumption to help the environment.

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