Rick Barry lives and works in Washington, DC. An art school graduate with a degree in creative writing, he has worked for numerous political campaigns and non-profits, initially directing grass-roots voter contact before moving into marketing and communications. He loves to think about politics, culture and God, and the surest way to keep him in a conversation is to weave together any two of those topics. He has written about art and pop culture for national and international magazines, and serves as executive director of the Center for Christian Civics.
Prior to co-founding Christian Civics, he directed communications for the Grace DC church network and served on the boards for the Anacostia Gracious Arts Program and Pepperdine University’s Institute for Public Service and Policy Development.
A former competitive martial artist, he won three bronze medals in the Wide World of Sports tournament, was invited to represent the United States in the 2000 millennial games and once chopped a watermelon in half with his bare hand. That last one is by far his proudest accomplishment.
I really did! I used to practice martial arts (kempo, small-circle jiu jitsu, and a little bit of wah lum kung fu), but an unrelated knee injury and some moral struggles with the idea of practicing violence led me to stop. I probably can’t still chop a watermelon in half, but the memory is exhilarating.
I’m glad to talk with you about faith and politics in a casual manner on Twitter. If you’d like to arrange a more intentional conversation—either for your own edification, or to explore the possibility of hosting a class or getting coaching and consultation for your team, you’ll need to arrange that through the Center for Christian Civics.
My work with the Center for Christian Civics takes up most of my available time, but I do on occasion take on contract work with other organizations, as long as it doesn’t conflict with my primary obligations. If you’d like to ask for my help building a website, designing a brand identity, or writing/editing/ghost writing, drop me a line. I do not ever accept paid photography work, but am glad to refer you to someone who does if you need that kind of help.
No. This has been covered extensively in other places, so if you’d like to dig into this question a little more, Google is your friend. The short answer, though, as best I understand it, is that the term ADHD does have a real medical definition, having to do with the way the brain processes dopamine. While the term “ADHD” is relatively new, it refers to more than just “kids being kids.” (For instance, what used to be called “Clumsy Child Syndrome” was likely what we call “ADHD” today.) It also doesn’t go away, but depending on its severity, coping mechanisms can vary in effectiveness person-to-person.
No. I did try to play basketball once after school in fifth grade. A girl I liked was also in the gym and I didn’t want her to think I was mean, so I spent most of my time scurrying around helping the people who fell down get back up.
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