Andrew Himes

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Andrew Himes
Born1950 (age 72–73)
Wheaton, Illinois
CitizenshipUnited States
Occupation(s)Writer, social activist, technologist
SpouseChristine Hintz Himes (until 1990) Alix Wilber (1990-Current)

Andrew Himes (born 1950) is an American writer and editor. 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]  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 farmer, and a Texas State senator.

In 1989, Himes was founding editor of MacTech, a journal of Macintosh software development.[2] 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.[3] 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, 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,[4] and produced the 2005 documentary Voices in Wartime[5] 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. ^ Staff, Publication. "About Us". MacTech: The Journal of Apple Technology. MacTech. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ Himes, Andrew (January 1995). "Developer Network OffRamp debuts on Internet". Microsoft Developer Network News. 4 (1): 1.
  4. ^ Wolverton, Brad. "Waging Peace Through Film and Poetry". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Chronicle of Philanthropy. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  5. ^ Beason, Tyrone. "Poetry personalizes war in riveting documentary". Seattle Times. Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 11 September 2012.

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