It is only days before the state’s
January 29th primary vote. We visit the mega church
of Rev. Joel Hunter,
who belongs to a new generation of leaders who want
expand Evangelical concerns
from the core focus on abortion and family values to
include the environment, or “creation care” as
they call it. They also fight against Aids and combating
poverty. Carl Austin is
a psychologist, a “Christian
therapist” and an activist
in Rev. Hunter's church. Sixty-four years old, he voted
for the very first time
in the 2000 election -- and what a vote it was (Bush
versus Gore). He credits his interest in voting to
Rev. Joel Hunter and his brand of social activism.
Austin is a volunteer who works with the homeless,
a work he considers essential to his faith. He is also
participating in the church’s many “Creation
Care”(environmental) initiatives. Austin plans
to vote in the Florida primaries, yet has not decided
for which candidate. He considers himself a liberal.
We will follow Rev. Hunter, Carl Austin and
others all through election night.
A view of the entire journey.
more on Rev. Joel Hunter and the parishoners in Northland
please go to Portraits
of the Week. For some
of the scenes we filmed during our visit, please go to the home