About Andrew

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Welcome! I'm co-director for the Business Alliance for the Future, the founding executive director of Charter for Compassion International, the author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family (Chiara Press, May 2011), and author of the forthcoming memoir Revival: How I Got Saved, Got Lost, and Failed to Overthrow the Imperialist Bourgeoisie.

I was born into one of the leading fundamentalist families of the 20thcentury. My grandfather was John R. Rice, dean of American fundamentalists for decades until his death in 1980, and mentor to many younger Baptist preachers including Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell, as well as founding editor of The Sword of the Lord newspaper.  My great-grandfather, Will Rice, was a preacher, a Texas State senator, and a member of the Ku Klux Klan. By the time I was four, I had been saved; by the time I was 17, I’d turned my back on the career as a Baptist preacher expected of me, becoming  instead an activist in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 60s.   Only later in life did I begin a spiritual journey to reconnect with and redefine my family’s spiritual heritage.    

himesI was founding editor of MacTech, the premiere journal of Macintosh software development, was an Internet pioneer at Microsoft, co-founded the Microsoft Developer Network, led the first web development project in the history of the company, and then managed the platform web team that produced the sites for all of Microsoft’s operating systems, browsers, development tools, and technologies.  After leaving Microsoft, I was co-founder of the international movement, Poets Against the War, in 2003 and produced the acclaimed 2005 documentary, Voices in Wartime, an exploration of the trauma of war through the lens of poetry. I was the founder of Voices Education Project, a web site dedicated to teaching peace and compassion, and co-founder of the Compassionate Action Network.

The purpose of the Business Alliance for the Future is to catapult the emerging ‘business for good’ movement through unprecedented collaboration.

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Cameron Penny's poem

If you are lucky in this life,
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies.
And when the soldiers look into the window
They don’t see their enemies.
They see themselves as children.
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep. When they wake up, the land is well again.

Cameron Penny's If You Are Lucky in This Life was originally published in the November/December 2001 issue of North American Review. Marie Howe reads his poem in the film Voices in Wartime.