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This ERLC podcast from Washington, DC features Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, Travis Wussow, and Steven Harris as they chart a new way for evangelicals to engage in the public square.

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This ERLC podcast from Washington, DC features Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, Travis Wussow, and Steven Harris as they chart a new way for evangelicals to engage in the public square.

    Fall 2020 reflections with the D.C. interns

    Fall 2020 reflections with the D.C. interns

    This was a unique year for the ERLC interns as the program moved online. Rather than working together in the Leland House, the ERLC’s Capitol Hill office, students joined the policy team from all over the country. For this week’s episode after Thanksgiving, the interns joined Jeff Pickering and Brooke Kramer to reflect on their favorite projects, memorable meetings through Zoom, and what it’s like to be a college student during a global pandemic.
    Our internship program exists to prepare students and young professionals with a gospel-centered, kingdom-focused perspective on the issues of everyday life. We offer semester and year-long programs with both of our offices in Nashville and D.C.
    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of the advent family devotional, A Better Than Anything Christmas. Find out more about this book at thegoodbook.com.
    Guest BiographyIn this episode you will hear from Justin, Sam, Jackson, and Seth – our 2020 fall interns with the ERLC team in Washington, D.C.
    Resources from the ConversationLearn more and apply at ERLC.com/internshipsERLC internships: Investing, life-changing by Tom StrodeCheck out The Good Book CompanySubscribe to ERLC’s Policy Newsletter

    • 34 min
    John Cusey on rebuilding America’s tradition of welcoming refugees

    John Cusey on rebuilding America’s tradition of welcoming refugees

    Thanksgiving is a great American holiday and welcoming refugees to our country has been, and should be again, a great American tradition. Jeff Pickering and Travis Wussow welcome John Cusey to the roundtable to talk about one of his career passions, caring for refugees. John is currently the Vice President of Communications at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He has a rich career of government service throughout Washington across multiple administrations and in Congress. Most recently John served in the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services.
    America’s refugee resettlement program has fallen short of our ideals in recent years by turning inward due to a rising trend of nationalism in our politics. Jeff, Travis, and John believe that Christians can lead the revitalization of America's commitment to be a beacon of freedom and safe harbor for the endangered and persecuted.
    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of the advent family devotional, A Better Than Anything Christmas. Find out more about this book at thegoodbook.com.
    Guest BiographyJohn Cusey is the Vice President of Communications at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He has a long record of government service including working for multiple presidential administrations and members of Congress. In 2019, John served in the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services. In his time on Capitol Hill, he served as the Executive Director of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-life Caucus for five years with Congressman Chris Smith and as the Legislative Director and Press Secretary for Congressman Gary Miller for two years. Prior to working in DC, John worked for three different Members of the California State Legislature where he focused on budget issues.
    Resources from the ConversationCheck out Governor Herbert’s letter notifying President Trump of Utah’s desire to welcome more refugees and the letter refugees who resettled in Utah wrote to Governor HerbertCheck out the Sriracha documentary John mentionedHow the Refugee and Asylum System Works in the US by Joe CarterSouthern Baptists: A History of Refugee Care by Travis WussowLets Demand Honesty in Refugee Rhetoric by Matt Hawkins7 Ways to Serve our Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors During a Pandemic by Eric CostanzoCheck out The Good Book CompanySubscribe to ERLC’s Policy Newsletter

    • 49 min
    Russell Moore on "The Courage To Stand," and looking for truth in post-election America

    Russell Moore on "The Courage To Stand," and looking for truth in post-election America

    Jeff Pickering and Chelsea Patterson Sobolik welcome back ERLC president, Russell Moore, to the podcast to talk about his new book, The Courage To Stand, and what we can learn about truth and tribalism from the 2020 presidential election. The message of Dr. Moore’s newest book is timely for this fearful and anxious year as he helps readers see where Christ-empowered courage comes from, from the way of the cross.
    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of the advent family devotional, A Better Than Anything Christmas. Find out more about this book at thegoodbook.com.
    Resources from the ConversationGet Russell Moore’s new book | The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear without Losing Your SoulRead Russell Moore’s article from his newsletter on truth and tribalism: Looking for Truth in Post-Election AmericaSubscribe to Moore to the PointCheck out the book Jeff recommended: Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane OrtlundCheck out The Good Book CompanySubscribe to ERLC’s Policy Newsletter

    • 40 min
    Lori Windham on Fulton v. Philadelphia, the Supreme Court foster-care case

    Lori Windham on Fulton v. Philadelphia, the Supreme Court foster-care case

    On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fulton v. Philadelphia, a crucial religious liberty case whose outcome could determine the ability of faith-based foster care and adoption providers to continue serving consistent with their convictions. The ERLC filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case in support of Catholic Social Services. In this episode, Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow welcome Lori Windham, the Becket attorney who argued before the Court on behalf of foster moms and Catholic Social Services, to discuss the case.
    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of The Christmas We Didn't Expect by David Matthis. Find out more about this book at thegoodbook.com. 
    Guest BiographyLori Windham is Senior Counsel at Becket Fund, where she has represented clients on cutting-edge religious freedom issues since 2005. She has represented parties before the Supreme Court, including Becket’s victories in Hosanna-Tabor, Hobby Lobby, and Little Sisters of the Poor. Lori is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned her B.A. summa cum laude at Abilene Christian University.
    Resources from the Conversation
    Connect with the Lori Windham on Twitter | @LoriWindham1Connect with the Becket Fund on Twitter | @becketlawRead more: Explainer: What you need to know about Fulton v. PhiladelphiaGo deeper: What happened at the SCOTUS case on foster care and religious liberty?Read more: Christians, Let’s Pray for President-Elect Joe Biden by Russell MooreCheck out The Good Book CompanySubscribe to ERLC’s Policy Newsletter

    • 33 min
    We, the Whole People: Celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage

    We, the Whole People: Celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage

    The right to vote is at the heart of our nation’s grand pursuit of a more perfect Union. Though restricted at the founding, this right was secured more fully through the dedicated advocacy of suffragettes and civil rights activists. In 2020, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which secured the right to vote for women.
    “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. . . . Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” - Amendment XIX, Constitution of the United States of America
    On this episode of Capitol Conversations on Election Day 2020, Chelsea Paterson Sobolik commemorates this centennial with interviews covering the history, the role of faith, and the meaning of the Women’s Suffrage movement. The conversations with a historian, a seminarian, and a lawyer also highlight inspirational role models and why it’s important for women to be engaged in the public square.
    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of The Christmas We Didn't Expect by David Matthis. Find out more about this book at thegoodbook.com. 
    Guest BiographyAndrea Turpin is an Associate Professor of History at Baylor University. She is the author of A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917. Dr. Turpin received an A.B. at Princeton University, an M.A. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. 
    Missie Branch is the Assistant Dean of Students to Women and Director of Graduate Life at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS). Years ago, Missie and her husband, Duce, co-planted a church in Philadelphia, PA where she served as a pastor’s wife, a children’s ministry director, and a women’s ministry leader. Missie and Duce have four children.
    Palmer Williams is a Founding Partner of The Peacefield Group where she specializes in legal and policy analysis related to international human rights, sanctity of life, non-profit operations and government affairs. She earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Palmer and her husband, Joseph, have two sons, Jack and Henry, and live in Nashville, TN.
    Resources from the ConversationRead more: What we can learn from the road to the 19th Amendment by Palmer WilliamsGo deeper: How the Gospels show that Jesus values women by Rebecca McLaughlinLearn more about the 19th Amendment from the National Constitution CenterLearn more about Missie Branch’s work at Women around Southeastern SeminaryLearn more about Dr. Andrea Turpin’s work at Baylor University’s History Department Download the Courage and Civility Church KitCheck out The Good Book CompanySubscribe to ERLC’s Policy Newsletter

    • 37 min
    Yuval Levin on the fractures in American public life and the path to renewal

    Yuval Levin on the fractures in American public life and the path to renewal

    Jeff Pickering and Chelsea Sobolik welcome Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to the roundtable to talk about the fractures in America public life and the way forward. Levin’s work in recent years have been instrumental to many of us here at the ERLC in thinking well about what has gone wrong in the public square and to see clearly why now is a time to build toward renewal.
    This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of The Christmas We Didn't Expect by David Matthis. Find out more about this book at thegoodbook.com. 
    Guest BiographyYuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The founding and current editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of The New Atlantis and a contributing editor to National Review. He holds an MA and PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Dr. Levin served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. He was also executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics and a congressional staffer at the member, committee, and leadership levels. In addition to frequent radio, television, and podcast appearances, Dr. Levin regularly publishes essays and articles in a range of outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Commentary. He is the author of several books on political theory and public policy. And our conversation today is rooted in his most recent two books, most recently “A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream” (Basic Books).
    Resources from the ConversationLearn more about Yuval Levin and his work at AEICheck out Levin’s booksA Time to BuildThe Fractured RepublicDownload the Courage and Civility Church KitCheck out The Good Book CompanySubscribe to ERLC’s Policy Newsletter

    • 37 min

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Great Podcast

I am so glad I found this podcast. It is intelligent, interesting and very relevant in helping Christians to think and speak well in the public square. I have learned so much about what is happening in Washington, America and globally in regards to issues I really care about. I also very much appreciate that the underlying heart of the ERLC in everything they stand for is upholding dignity for every human, as we are each made in the image of God. I’ve shared multiple episodes with family members and friends, and look forward to listening as each new episode is available. Thank you to the ERLC for all you are doing!

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I love this podcast. It is always relevant and always makes me think about things from different perspectives. Thank you for all you guys do.

Benjamin Beaver ,

A Breath of Fresh Air

I have listened to ERLC's podcasts off and on for a couple of years now. With the election looming, it caused me to return here to get some insight, as I've always appreciated their voice. I just listened to the interview with Yuval Levin, and it helped me 1) acknowledge the lamenting that needed to be in place and 2) feel some hope in a despairing time. In an era when it's hard to know who to trust, I appreciate the guidance that ERLC provides. Thanks.

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