Andrew Himes

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Andrew Himes
Andrew Himes
Born 1950
Wheaton, Illinois
Residence Seattle, Washington
Citizenship United States
Occupation Author, social activist, technologist

Andrew Himes (born 1950) is the coordinator of the Business Alliance for the Future. Until January, 2015, he was the founding executive director of the Charter for Compassion, launched in 2008 by and Karen Armstrong, with the mission of supporting the emergence of a global compassion movement. He is the author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family.[1][2]  Himes' 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. Himes' great-grandfather, Will Rice, was a preacher, a Texas State senator, and a leading member of the Ku Klux Klan in Texas during the 1920s.[2]:p.167 

By the time Himes was four, he had been "saved"; by the time he was 17, he’d turned his back on the career as a Baptist preacher expected of him by his family, becoming instead an activist in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 60s.[2]:p.3  Only later in life did he begin a spiritual journey to reconnect with and redefine his family’s spiritual heritage in blog posts and in the pages of his book The Sword of the Lord as well as a 2009 staged monologue titled Revival!.[3] In 1989, Himes was founding editor of MacTech, a journal of Macintosh software development.[4] In 1992, he was founding editor of the Microsoft Developer Network, and then led the first web development project in the history of the company, a project dubbed the MSDN OffRamp, aimed at making articles, resources, and technical information available on the Internet to an audience of software developers.[5] Beginning in 1994 Himes managed Microsoft's platform web team producing the sites for all of Microsoft’s operating systems, browsers, development tools, and technologies. After leaving Microsoft, he founded Project Alchemy,[6] a non-profit company providing technology assistance, training, consulting, database and web solutions to hundreds of grassroots organizations working for social justice in the Pacific Northwest.

Himes was co-founder in 2003 of the international movement, Poets Against the War,[7] and produced the 2005 documentary Voices in Wartime[8] an exploration of the trauma of war through the lens of poetry. In 2004, Himes founded Voices Education Project, a web site dedicated to teaching peace and compassion, now the education program of the Charter for Compassion. In 2008, Himes was a member of the organizing committee for the Seeds of Compassion event in Seattle, WA.


  1. ^ Harris, Timothy. "Exploring the fundamentalist movement as a family affair". Real Change Interview. Real Change News. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Himes, Andrew (2011). The Sword of the Lord. Chiara Press. ISBN 9781453843758. 
  3. ^ Shannon, Jeff. ""Revival!": a fundamentalist upbringing shapes a seeker of truth". Seattle Times. Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Staff, Publication. "About Us". MacTech: The Journal of Apple Technology. MacTech. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Himes, Andrew (January 1995). "Developer Network OffRamp debuts on Internet". Microsoft Developer Network News 4 (1): 1. 
  6. ^ Shapiro, Nina. "Can the Rich Be Good?". Seattle Weekly News. Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Wolverton, Brad. "Waging Peace Through Film and Poetry". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Beason, Tyrone. "Poetry personalizes war in riveting documentary". Seattle Times. Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 11 September 2012.