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Capitol Conversations is our ERLC podcast from Washington, DC featuring Jeff Pickering, Travis Wussow, Steven Harris, and Chelsea Patterson Sobolik. The conversations cover the policy debates and news shaping our world as we aim to foster a new evangelical imaginative for political engagement.

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Capitol Conversations is our ERLC podcast from Washington, DC featuring Jeff Pickering, Travis Wussow, Steven Harris, and Chelsea Patterson Sobolik. The conversations cover the policy debates and news shaping our world as we aim to foster a new evangelical imaginative for political engagement.

    What we’re advocating for in 2020

    What we’re advocating for in 2020

    The ERLC publishes a legislative agenda at the beginning of each year to outline the issues and policies we will focus on in our work in Washington, D.C., to serve Southern Baptists and advance the common good. Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow discuss specific examples of issues and policies from their 2020 Legislative Agenda and what to expect in the year ahead.  


    Resources from the Conversation


    2020 Legislative Agenda
    How the ERLC is advocating for Southern Baptists in Washington, D.C.
    ERLC Public Policy Team
    9 Things You Should Know about George Washington (and his Birthday)
    China’s Persecution of Uighur Muslims
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    Brent Leatherwood on the Iowa Caucus mess, what happened and what’s next on the 2020 campaign trail

    Brent Leatherwood on the Iowa Caucus mess, what happened and what’s next on the 2020 campaign trail

    The much anticipated 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucus became an unmitigated electoral mess as the first in the nation contest remained unresolved a day before the New Hampshire primary. Brent Leatherwood joins Jeff Pickering and Steven Harris to talk about what happened, what’s next, and how Christians can be salt and light in a polarized partisan season.


    Guest Biography

    Brent Leatherwood serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Before coming to the ERLC, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party from December 2012 to December 2016, where he managed the organization’s campaign apparatus at the federal, state and local levels. In addition, Brent has worked on Capitol Hill as a senior legislative aide to former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla). He and his wife Meredith have three children and are members of The Church at Avenue South, where Brent serves as a deacon.


    Resources from the Conversation


    Brent’s Recommendations on journalists to follow


    Amy Walter, CPR
    Dave Wasserman, CPR
    Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
    Jonathan Martin, New York Times


    Brent’s Recommendations on newsletters to subscribe

    Axios
    Politico Playbook


    POLITICO | 'It’s a total meltdown': Confusion grips Iowa with no official results in sight
    New York Times | ‘A Systemwide Disaster’: How the Iowa Caucuses Melted Down
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    On Human Dignity: Russell Moore on technology, vulnerability, and the future of the pro-life movement

    On Human Dignity: Russell Moore on technology, vulnerability, and the future of the pro-life movement

    We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square.  


    For the final episode of this series, Jeff Pickering sits down with ERLC president Russell Moore for an extended conversation on human dignity. The conversations finds its way from theology and technology to the future of the pro-life movement and embracing vulnerability.  


    Resources from the Conversation


    Previous Episodes from the series:


    Applying the human dignity theology to our work in Washington, D.C. 
    Janet Durig with stories of transformation from a pregnancy center
    Briana Stensrud on standing up for the vulnerable
    Jeanne Mancini and the March for Life, plus an extra interview with Russell Moore to discuss President Trump’s appearance at the march.


    Why God’s majesty is most clearly seen in every human being: and what this means for the Church and human dignity by Tom Strode
    More Resources on Human Dignity from ERLC
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    On Human Dignity: Jeanne Mancini and the March for Life

    On Human Dignity: Jeanne Mancini and the March for Life

    We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square.


    This week we bring you a special episode to mark the 2020 March for Life. On this episode, Jeff Pickering interviews Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, at their offices in downtown D.C. about the story of how the march came to be, it’s history, and the pro-life movement.


    Guest Biography

    Jeanne Mancini is the president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, which hosts its annual march around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. She previously worked at the Family Research Council and the Department of Health and Human Services.


    Resources from the Conversation


    Join us at the March For Life on Friday, January 24, in Washington, D.C.!
    Jeanne’s profile in the Washington Post Magazine
    History of the March for Life
    Women of the Pro-Life Movement: Nellie Gray
    Why God’s majesty is most clearly seen in every human being: and what this means for the Church and human dignity by Tom Strode
    More Resources on Human Dignity from ERLC
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

    On Human Dignity: Briana Stensrud on standing up for the vulnerable

    On Human Dignity: Briana Stensrud on standing up for the vulnerable

    We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square.


    On this week’s episode, we continue the conversation by welcoming a longtime friend of the ERLC, Briana Stensrud to share her stories of standing up for the vulnerable. Her career is a testament for how the human dignity ethic connects to more issues than you may think.


    Guest Biography

    Briana Stensrud is the Director of Welcome and lives in Colorado, with her two kids and husband of 11 years. Like many moms, her days consist of balancing work, community involvement and quality time with her family. (Moms with littles know that's professional speak for strategically muting your phone during conference calls, constantly reheating coffee and taking the kids to Chick-Fil-A, a lot). Her passion is to equip the Church to think biblically and pragmatically about exercising a holistic, comprehensive pro-life worldview. Throughout her work in the pro-life movement, Briana continually faced questions from those concerned about immigrants and refugees. Understanding that many concerns were rooted in fear and misinformation, she started a journey to re-discover God's heart for the sojourner. She holds a degree in communications from Iowa State University and a Masters of Biblical & Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.


    Resources from the Conversation


    Join us at the March For Life on Friday, January 24, in Washington, D.C.!
    Briana’s organization | Welcome
    Briana’s Twitter | @BriStenz
    Why God’s majesty is most clearly seen in every human being: and what this means for the Church and human dignity by Tom Strode
    More Resources on Human Dignity from ERLC
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

    On Human Dignity: Janet Durig with stories of transformation from a pregnancy center

    On Human Dignity: Janet Durig with stories of transformation from a pregnancy center

    We open 2020 with a month-long series On Human Dignity exploring the implications of this theological truth on life, ministry, and the public square.


    On this week’s episode, Chelsea welcomes Janet Durig to the Leland House to share stories of Christ’s transformative power for people in need. Janet is the executive director of the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, a faith based non-profit organization offering help and support to women, men, and their families who are in a crisis pregnancy.


    Resources from the Conversation


    Join us at the March For Life on Friday, January 24, in Washington, D.C.
    Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center
    Transforming Your Story: A Path to Healing after Abortion by Wendy Giancola
    Why God’s majesty is most clearly seen in every human being: And what this means for the Church and human dignity by Tom Strode
    More Resources on Human Dignity from ERLC
    ERLC | Capitol Conversation Podcast

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