Don Larson
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Don Larson

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Caring for the Orphan: Alternatives to Charity in Responding to God's Heart for the Poor

Donald Larson is the CEO/Founder of Sunshine Nut Company in Mozambique. In 2011, he gave up a successful career in the corporate food industry and moved his family to Mozambique to start Sunshine Nut Co.

The road to Mozambique began in 2007 when Don turned down a major career move and left his corporate life for a spiritual journey to discover God’s true purpose for his life. It was in this season of listening and waiting that God spoke to him with clarity that was almost audible – saying, “Go and build food factories in developing nations to bring lasting economic transformation.” Through prayer and solitude, he developed the Sunshine Approach business model, focusing on transforming lives at every level of the business. Not long after, he was led to Mozambique and its abundance of amazing cashews to start this grand adventure. Faced with a calling he had little desire to fulfill, he chose to be obedient. He and his family sold everything they owned and moved to Mozambique.

This move transformed their lives. In the past six years, they have built a world-class food factory hiring primarily adult orphans. They developed relationships with orphanages and other community organizations throughout Mozambique where they support and develop projects with 90% of their profits. In 2014, their cashews landed on US shelves and today, they have an all-African staff of 30 producing the best tasting cashews under the sun!

As CEO of Sunshine Nut Company, he presses forward relentlessly growing their operations in the US and Mozambique, while sharing their story all over the world. Don's wife, Terri, oversees all our philanthropic work as the Director of Social Impact and spends her days spreading love to the most needy in their community.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, September 20th.

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Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

Criminal Justice Reform Panel

Criminal Justice Reform Panel

Justice and Redemption: A Vision for Our Criminal Justice System

The Bible is clear about God's heart for the prisoner.  This panel will examine the current U.S. criminal justice system and discuss much-needed reforms.

Panelists include:

Steven Harris, Director of Advocacy, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)

Steven works with government leaders in the legislative and executive branches to advocate for the ERLC’s position on important issues, while also analyzing legislation and producing content for ERLC outlets. He holds a B.S. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Religion from Yale University.

Steve McFarland, Chief Legal Officer, World Vision, Inc.

In 30 years of law practice and public service, Mr. McFarland has specialized in the defense of religious liberty. He directed the Center For Law and Religious Freedom of the Christian Legal Society from 1991 through 1999. He also spearheaded the President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative in the U.S. Department of Justice; was the first executive director of the U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom; developed programs for prisoners abroad as a vice-president of Prison Fellowship International, and now serves as Chief Legal Officer of World Vision, Inc., a Christian international relief and development ministry serving vulnerable children worldwide.

Patrick D. Purtill, Jr., Director of Legislative Affairs, Faith & Freedom Coalition

In 2011, he joined Gammon & Grange’s nonprofit and exempt organizations practice and government affairs group bringing over twenty years of experience in nonprofit management and federal and state public policy and advocacy to G&G’s clients. Before joining Gammon & Grange, Patrick was appointed by President George W. Bush to positions in the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Justice.

Patrick served as CEO of two Washington-based NGOs: the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) and the Washington Scholarship Fund. Patrick has testified before Congress and state legislatures; served as an NGO Representative to The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands; led delegations to the governments of Belarus, Russia, and China; and provided commentary on a host of public policy issues for national broadcasts and newspapers, including ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, and USA Today, in addition to many regional and local broadcasts and newspapers.

Heather Rice-Minus, Vice president of Government Affairs, Prison Fellowship

As leader of Prison Fellowship's policy staff, Rice-Minus directs lobbying, research, and legislative campaigns on pivotal criminal justice issues at the state and federal levels. She also spearheads its efforts to build coalitions with advocacy groups, think tanks, faith-based organizations, and other key stakeholders in Washington, D.C.

Rice-Minus has contributed to stories about criminal justice reform in outlets including Slate, CBN News, PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and WORLD magazine. She is the co-author of Prison Fellowship's Bible study curriculum, "Outrageous Justice." A valued shaper of the criminal justice reform debate because of her wide-ranging policy expertise, Rice-Minus is also personally vested in justice reform as someone who has both been a victim of crime and walked alongside a family member during his incarceration.

A native of Virginia, Rice-Minus resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter. Prior to her tenure at Prison Fellowship, she managed advocacy efforts on behalf of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She is a graduate of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and Colorado State University. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

RSVP by Thursday, October 4 to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Anne Snyder
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Anne Snyder

The Fabric of Character: Renewing our Social and Moral Landscape

Anne Snyder is the Director of The Character Initiative at The Philanthropy Roundtable, a pilot program that seeks to help foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions in the U.S. She is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens. From 2014 to 2017 Anne worked for Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas, and before that she worked at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy and international relations from Wheaton College (IL). Anne is a Contributing Editor to Comment Magazinean advisor to Sea Dog Theater and serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice as well as the Hyde Park Institute at the University of Chicago. She has published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, National Journal, City Journal, Philanthropy Magazine, Orange County Register, Houston Business Journal, The Institute for Family Studies, FaithStreet, Comment Magazine, Verily, Humane Pursuits and FareForward, and is currently working on a book about the most effective character forming institutions alive today.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, October 25th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Mark Amstutz
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

Mark Amstutz

Just Immigration: U.S. Policy in Christian Perspective

Mark R. Amstutz is a professor emeritus of political science at Wheaton College (Ill.) and is among the longest-serving faculty members in Wheaton College history. During his 44 years of service Dr. Amstutz has launched Wheaton’s political science department, developed study abroad programs, and pioneered research in international ethics.

Dr. Amstutz’s major academic interests are in international affairs and, more specifically, the role of ethics in the conduct of foreign relations. His book International Ethics is used widely in American colleges and universities. In 2005 he wrote The Healing of Nations: the Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness, which addresses the challenges of confronting and overcoming regime human rights abuses through political reconciliation. His book Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy, published in 2014, describes and assesses the role of Evangelicals in global affairs. In recent years he has carried out research on the political ethics of U.S. immigration policy, resulting in the publication of Just Immigration: U.S. Policy in Christian Perspective, published in 2017.

Prof. Amstutz grew up in Latin America and has traveled widely as a teacher and scholar. He has directed programs in Europe and Cuba and led a two-week program in Argentina and Chile in 2011. For more than a decade he served as a reserve naval attaché, retiring as a Commander from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1993.

He and his wife Donna, a clinical psychologist, have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five.

Please RSVP by Thursday, November 9, 2018.

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Helen Alvare
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Helen Alvare

Life in a Post-Roe World: A look a the legal implications of overturning Roe v. Wade

There is fear on one side and elation on the other side of the abortion debate with regards to a Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade. Why should the Supreme Court overturn Roe? How would it be overturned? How would this change in the law impact women's situations in a country with less available abortion? In this lecture, Helen Alvaré, Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, will discuss the legal realities of a post-Roe nation.

Helen Alvaré teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.

In addition to her books, and her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré publishes regularly in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and USA Today. She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.

Prior to joining the faculty of Scalia Law, Professor Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.

Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America.

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Jedd Medefind
Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

Jedd Medefind

Caring for the Orphan: Adoption and Foster Care, from Home to Church to Public Policy

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...."  James 1:27

In this session, Jedd Medefind will lead a conversation with other experts in the field of orphan care to discuss policy issues surrounding vulnerable children. Jedd serves as President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). Through CAFO, more than 190 respected organizations unite in shared initiatives, along with a wide network of churches. CAFO’s membership works in tandem to inspire and equip families, churches and organizations for effective service to vulnerable children and families — from adoption and US foster care, to aid and empowerment programs worldwide.

Prior to his this role, Jedd served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In this post, he oversaw reform efforts across the government to make community and faith-based groups central partners in all Federal efforts to aid the needy, from prisoner reentry to global AIDS.  As described by the Harvard Political Review, these reforms “fundamentally changed the government’s strategy for improving the lives of the downtrodden…”

Previously, Jedd held a range of posts in the California State Legislature. He also helped establish the California Community Renewal Project, which strengthens nonprofits in some of the state’s most challenged communities. He has worked, studied and served in more than thirty countries, with organizations ranging from Price-Waterhouse in Moscow to Christian Life Bangladesh.

Jedd has written many articles and four books, including Upended and Four Souls.  His most recent book, Becoming Home, offers a short yet meaningful exploration of how families and communities can embrace vulnerable children with wisdom and love through adoption, foster care, mentoring and more.  

RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, December 6.

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Os Guinness
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Os Guinness

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High Noon for Humanity

In this lecture, Os Guinness will discuss the questions, "What does it say of us as human beings that we  see ourselves as 'post-Auschwitz,' 'post-Hiroshima' and now 'pre-Singularity'? What does the Bible have to say to humanity on the verge of transhumanism, and those who claim that through science and technology we are now 'the gods of planet earth'?"

Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, and The Global Public Square. His latest book, Last Call for Liberty: How America’s genius for freedom has become its greatest threat was published in 2018.

Since moving to the United States in 1984, Os has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. He was the lead drafter of the Williamsburg Charter in 1988, a bicentennial celebration of the bicentennial of the US Constitution, and later of “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at many of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences across the world. He lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington DC area.

RSVP by Thursday, September 13 to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Trillia Newbell
Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of  Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016),  Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-SentinelDesiring GodTrue WomanChristianity TodayThe Gospel Coalition, and more. She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges and seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She currently is the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention.

Her greatest love besides God is her family. She is married to her best friend and love, Thern. They reside with their two children near Nashville, TN.

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 26th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Dr. Emmett Price
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Emmett Price

The Bible & Race

The story of humanity (thus far) is a complex narrative that cycles through riveting victories while also plagued with the vicious wounds of sin. From the days of the Old Testament into the New Testament and beyond, humanity has challenged itself with racism and ethnic division. This talk will challenge the audience to explore the history and theology of race with an eye towards the historical, theological, cultural, sociological and spiritual necessity for reconciliation.   

Emmett G. Price III is Professor of Worship, Church and Culture; Dean of the Chapel; and founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE) at the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also serves as founding pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, MA.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, July 13th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Serrin Foster
Jun
29
12:00 PM12:00

Serrin Foster

The Feminist Case Against Abortion

Feminists for Life (FFL) President Serrin M. Foster is the creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign. Her landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” has been recognized as one of the “great speeches in history” in an anthology called Women’s Rights. Serrin's three part speech will cover the pro-life feminist history originally researched and revealed by FFL, how abortion advocates hijacked the women's movement, and three priorities we can work on to end the feminization of poverty that drives women to abortion: accommodations in college and the workplace, and paternal support.

Serrin has led Feminists for Life since 1994. Under her leadership, FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, worked in coalition with other women’s organizations to defeat the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act.

Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and she also testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.”

In January 1997, Serrin moderated the first-ever FFL Pregnancy Resource ForumSM at Georgetown University, which became a model for the country and in 2010 became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Serrin’s efforts earned her an honorary doctorate from Belmont Abbey College in 2008.

Serrin has been interviewed by ABC News, CBN, CNN, EWTN, and FOX News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, Washington Times, and CNN International, RTÉ, and many other news outlets.

Serrin serves as editor-in-chief of The American Feminist and FFL’s resource website, WomenDeserveBetter.com.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, June 28th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry C. Black
Jun
22
1:30 PM13:30

U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry C. Black

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Cookies and Coffee with Chaplain Black

Please join Faith & Law for a mid-afternoon "Cookies and Coffee" break to hear from Chaplain Black.  This is an opportunity to get to know Chaplain Black better and we'll have time to socialize with other Hill staff.  This unique Faith & Law will feature a shorter talk by Chaplain Black with Q&A and more time for you to build community with like-minded Hill staff.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, June 21st to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Alan Sears
Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

Alan Sears

The Power of Perseverance

Alan Sears serves as founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, building on his experience as longtime leader of the organization to strengthen alliances, forge new relationships, and develop the resources needed to ensure the ministry’s capacity to respond to opportunities. As the first president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Sears led all strategic initiatives from 1993-2017.

In his 23 years at the helm, he built an ADF team committed to a comprehensive legal strategy that includes training, funding, and legal advocacy—resulting in important roles in 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, including Town of Greece v. Galloway and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell in the 2013-2014 term, Reed v. Town of Gilbert in the 2014-2015 term, and Geneva College v. Burwell and Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell in the 2015-2016 term. 

Under Sears’ leadership, ADF attorneys won more than three out of four cases in which they participated and successfully defended marriage as the union between one man and one woman in 50 cases nationwide. The ministry also funded more than 3,000 grants and legal projects for allied lawyers and organizations.

Beginning with the launch of ADF in 1994, Sears provided strategic leadership in the training of 1,923 lawyers from 45 countries through the one-of-a-kind Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy, designed to ensure attorneys are fully equipped to defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage and family. These attorneys have reported more than $200 million in pro-bono/dedicated time.

Sears’ visionary efforts also resulted in the graduation of more than 1,800 outstanding law students—representing 227 schools and 21 countries—from the world-class Blackstone Legal Fellowship leadership-training program. This in-depth summer internship program helps equip these students to assume leadership positions to shape the future of law and culture across the globe.

Sears earned his Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While serving in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush administrations, he worked for the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Section for the Western District of Kentucky. Sears was appointed director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and served as associate solicitor with the Department of Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Pepperdine University.

Practicing law for four decades, Sears is a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia (inactive), and Kentucky bar associations. He has helped fashion the language for numerous state and federal laws and has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures, and many local governments and commissions. Legislators in 20 states have adopted his policy recommendations. Sears has assisted legislators and law enforcement officials from many countries and has spoken before committees of the British Parliament and the Vatican.

Sears’ numerous media appearances include television interviews and features on The Today ShowNightline, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly FactorOprah, and Lou Dobbs Tonight. He has been a guest on radio programs, including The Laura Ingraham ShowNational Public RadioThe Hugh Hewitt Show, and The Dennis Prager Show. He has been profiled extensively by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, the Associated PressThe Washington TimesThe Seattle Post-IntelligencerThe Arizona Republic, and National Catholic Register. Sears has co-authored several books, including The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today and The ACLU vs. America, both with Craig Osten.  His most recent books are In Justice and Trial and Error.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, June 7th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

 

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Pablo Villeda
Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

Pablo Villeda

Faith, Foreign Aid and Fighting Sexual Violence in Latin America

Pablo Villeda serves as International Justice Mission’s (IJM) Vice President of Regional Operations for Latin America. Pablo oversees IJM’s work to bring rescue and restoration to children who have been victimized by sexual violence and to secure justice against rapists and traffickers through IJM Field Offices in Bolivia, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, in addition to casework alliance partners in Ecuador and Peru. Pablo, who first joined IJM in 2007 as IJM Guatemala’s Field Office Director, will be speaking on the impact of faith and U.S. foreign aid against sexual violence and trafficking in Latin America.

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 31st to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Derrick Max and Brandi Laperriere
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Derrick Max and Brandi Laperriere

From Hill Policy Staff to Principal: The Story of Cornerstone Schools

When a group of Christian Hill staffers first met while working for various Members in the House and Senate, they had no idea that their policy experience would lead to opening a school in our nation's capital.  Cornerstone Schools was birthed by prayers in the Capitol building by Hill staffers who felt God's call to create an academically rigorous, diverse Christian elementary school.  Now, about to enter its 20th year, Cornerstone is a successful K-12 school whose principal had his beginnings as both a House and Senate staffer.  Come hear from the congressional staffers who heeded God's call that led from public policy to the creation of a life-changing inner-city school.

Derrick A. Max is the Co-Founder and Principal of Cornerstone Schools of Washington, DC -- a private, classically minded Christian school serving students from Kindergarten through 12th grade in Southeast, Washington, DC.  Prior to serving as Cornerstone's Principal, Mr. Max was a program director at the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation, was Executive Director of two programs leading the effort to privatize Social Security, and worked at both the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.  Mr. Max also served as the staff economist on the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a speechwriter in the U.S. Senate.  

Brandi Laperriere is the Co-founder of Cornerstone Schools of Washington, DC.  She got her start on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Peter Hoekstra and Senator Spencer Abraham. Currently, she remains actively engaged in the Cornerstone School while raising five children and completing a Masters in Counseling from Gordon Conwell. She and her husband Andy, a former staffer for then Majority Leader Dick Armey, live in McLean, VA.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, May 17th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

 

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Dr. Ryan Anderson
May
4
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Ryan Anderson

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement

Can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict? What should our law say on these issues?

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.

He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

Anderson’s research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”

Anderson has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Weekly Standard, and National Review.

He is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, May 3rd.

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Jenny Yang
Apr
27
12:30 PM12:30

Jenny Yang

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The Global Refugee Crisis: What are U.S. obligations and the Church’s Response?

At a time when there are more forcibly displaced persons than at any other time since World War II, the international community has struggled with how to tangibly and practically respond to the refugees arriving at their borders. The U.S. has traditionally welcomed more refugees than any other country in the world while also leading the world in providing humanitarian assistance to refugees overseas. How should the international community and the United States continue to respond to the global refugee crisis? Also, how can the church think Biblically and respond holistically to refugees and displaced persons, overseas or right in their own back yards?

Jenny Yang provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, serves as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today. 

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, April 26th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Dr. Eric Patterson
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Eric Patterson

Christian Just War Thinking for Today

Dr. Eric Patterson will discuss just war thinking within the context of a Christian worldview and our current political climate.

Dr. Eric Patterson is dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. His research and teaching focus on religion and politics, ethics and international affairs, and just-war theory in the context of contemporary conflict. Prior to his arrival at Regent, Patterson served as associate director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. As part of the Berkley Center's Government Outreach program he has spoken and led seminars at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), the Armed Forces Chaplains Center, National Defense University, the Pentagon, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Foreign Service Institute, and other government venues.

Patterson has considerable U.S. government experience. He served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and has spent two stints in the State Department's Bureau of Political and Military Affairs. He continues to serve as an officer and commander in the Air National Guard.

Patterson is the author or editor of 10 books, including most recently: Ending Wars Well: Just War Thinking and Post-Conflict (Yale University Press, 2012) and Ethics Beyond War's End (Georgetown University Press, 2012.) He has also edited two volumes on Christian realism and has been published in numerous journals including Survival, International Studies Perspectives, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, International Politics, Journal of Diplomacy and International Affairs, and Journal of Political Science, among others.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, April 19th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Marvin Olasky
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Marvin Olasky

The Tragedies of Compassionate Conservatism

A 1990s Republican Revolution in helping the poor came close to critical mass but then fizzled: The result was tragic for poor people, for idealistic reformers, for the GOP, and for America generally. We’ll look at how and why that happened, and whether Christians can help to revive the spirit of those years at a time when callous conservatism seems to reign.

Marvin Olasky is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, March 29th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Pastor Brett Fuller
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Pastor Brett Fuller

Building Multi-Ethnically to Preach Multi-Ethnically: Aiding the Church to be God's Embassy to the World

Pastor Brett Fuller is the Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Church.  He currently serves as the North American Leadership Team Director for Every Nation Churches, and as Chaplain of the Washington Redskins.  From 2005 to 2014 he served as Chaplain for the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  In 2000, he initiated a bill in Congress to build a memorial honoring the African American Slaves who helped build America. Though the bill was never passed, he still hopes to complete the mission.  Also, from 2007-2009 he served on President George Bush's Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  He has written two devotional books:  Live Well and Relate Well.

He and his lovely wife of 30 years, Cynthia,  frequently conduct marriage and family seminars.  Brett also coordinates relational and professional development seminars helping leaders in every walk of life to become better leaders.  He and his bride reside in Chantilly, VA and have parented 7 children.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, March 15 to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Os Guinness
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Os Guinness

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Is Evangelicalism outdated? Facing up to times of public shame, rejection and hostility.

Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The CallTime for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool’s Talk – The Recovery of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.

Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, though he still lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington, DC, area.

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Cathy Ruse
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

Cathy Ruse

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Arguing Abortion: Fallacies, Facts, and Feminism

Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow-Legal Studies at the Family Research Council, will give an overview of abortion law, discuss the reality of abortion practice today, and explain the feminist case against abortion.

Mrs. Ruse has devoted her professional career to promoting the dignity of the human person. Her professional experience spans the fields of communication, public policy, and law.

Mrs. Ruse was Chief Counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee in the House of Representatives where she had oversight of civil rights and human rights issues, as well as religious freedom and free speech matters which came before the House.

Mrs. Ruse received her law degree from Georgetown University and a certificate from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy during her work as a litigator in the District of Columbia. She holds an honorary doctoral degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

She has published scholarly legal articles on a variety of constitutional issues, has filed "Friend of the Court" briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving abortion, euthanasia, and pornography, and has testified as an expert in congressional hearings in the U.S. House and Senate.

Mrs. Ruse served for several years as the chief spokesperson on human life issues for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She was co-host of the cable television program Legal Notebook, and has made national and international media appearances, including PBS' "Firing Line," CNN's "Crossfire," and Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," among many others. Her writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, and other national and regional newspapers and publications. In 1997, Wired magazine called Mrs. Ruse "one of the most influential opinion shapers in the country."

Mrs. Ruse served as legal director of the Family Research Council in the mid-1990s and was legal counsel and program director for the National Law Center for Children and Families, a law firm devoted to strengthening and defending laws against pornography.

In 2004 she and her husband, Austin Ruse, received the John Paul II Award for Advancing the Culture of Life from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. In 2006 they received the Defender of Life Award from American Collegians for Life.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, February 8th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Jennifer Marshall
Jan
26
12:00 PM12:00

Jennifer Marshall

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Effective Compassion

As vice president of The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall runs the think tank’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In that capacity, she oversees research into a variety of issues that determine the strength and character of American society.  Issues explored by Institute researchers range from marriage, life, and religious liberty to health, education, and welfare to the application of America’s founding principles to today’s challenges.

Marshall collaborates with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. She also edits Heritage’s annual Index of Culture and Opportunity, which tracks key social and economic trends to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.

In 2010, National Journal named Marshall one of Washington’s 20 “power players” in recognition of her work on school choice and other education reforms.

Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France.

She has spoken at national and international forums, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and PBS’ “To the Contrary.”

She is the author of “Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century” (Multnomah Publishers, 2007). The book evaluates the cultural, practical and spiritual issues that marriage-minded young women confront as the age of first marriage continues to rise in America.

Marshall holds a master of arts in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher’s certification. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by January 25, 2018.

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Cherie Harder and Mark Strand
Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Cherie Harder and Mark Strand

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Civility is Needed Most When it's Most Difficult

Cherie Harder serves as President of the Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Ms. Harder served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura Bush.

Earlier in her career she served as Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, advising the Leader on domestic social issues and serving as liaison and outreach director to outside groups. From 2001 to 2005, she was Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where she helped the Chairman design and launch the We the People initiative to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history. Prior to that Ms. Harder was the Policy Director for Senator Sam Brownback and also served as Deputy Policy Director at Empower America.

Ms. Harder has contributed articles to publications including Policy Review, Human Events, the Harvard Political Review, and various newspapers, as well as a chapter on fashion to the volume Building a Healthy Culture (Eerdmans 2001). Her ghost-written speeches and articles have appeared in Vital Speeches of the Day, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and others.

She holds an Honors B.A. (magna cum laude) in government from Harvard University and a post-graduate diploma in literature from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where she was a Rotary Scholar. She serves on the board of Gordon College, the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, and Faith and Law; and on the advisory boards of the National Civic Art Society and the National Museum of American Religion.

Ms. Harder was raised in New Mexico and currently lives in Northern Virginia.

Mark Strand became President of the Congressional Institute in 2007. Founded in 1987, the Congressional Institute is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping Members of Congress better serve their constituents and helping their constituents better understand the operations of the national legislature.

Strand is also an adjunct professor of legislative affairs at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, and the coauthor of the book Surviving Inside Congress. He also writes a blog, The Sausage Factory, that provides an inside look at legislative strategies and procedures (http://conginst.org/news-feed/).

Strand spent nearly 24 years on Capitol Hill in both the House and the Senate, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to Senator James Talent (R-MO). He served as the Staff Director of the House Committee on Small Business when Talent was Chairman. He was also chief of staff for Reps. Bill Lowery (R-CA) and Stan Parris (R-VA). He has also served as a Legislative Director and a Press Secretary.

During a brief interlude from the Hill from 2001-2002, Strand was Vice-President of Government Affairs for the American Water Works Company – the largest publicly held water utility in the United States.

Strand obtained a master’s in Legislative Affairs from GWU’s Graduate School of Political Management, an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, and was an undergraduate double major in Political Science and History at Excelsior College of the University of New York.

Strand regularly speaks to organizations about how Congress works (or doesn’t). Besides speaking and lecturing on legislative politics, Strand teaches courses on “Surviving Inside Congress” to new Hill staff, government affairs employees and Washington-based diplomats. In addition, he regularly works with Congressional offices on management issues.

 

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Victor Boutros
Dec
8
12:00 PM12:00

Victor Boutros

  • 253 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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Slavery’s End:

Why Human Trafficking Thrives and the Path to Freedom

Victor Boutros, Founding Director of The Human Trafficking Institute and co-author of The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, will discuss the modern day slavery of human trafficking -- why it still exists, and a path to freedom for its victims. 

The Human Trafficking Institute exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims.

Mr. Boutros previously served as a federal prosecutor who investigated and tried international human trafficking cases of national significance around the country on behalf of the United States Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. He has taught human trafficking at the FBI Academy in Quantico, trained law enforcement professionals in the United States and other countries on how to investigate and prosecute human trafficking, and taught trial advocacy to lawyers from Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa.

Prior to his work with the Justice Department, Mr. Boutros spent time on similar issues in the developing world. He has worked on improving prison conditions in Ecuador, documented bonded slaves in India, and worked on human trafficking issues as a visiting lawyer with the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa.

Mr. Boutros is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago, where he was as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and received a grant to research human trafficking as a Human Rights Research Fellow. He has written on foreign affairs and human rights, including a feature article in Foreign Affairs and a piece co-authored with John Richmond in the AntiTrafficking Review, and developed and taught a course on human rights, human trafficking, and rule of law in the developing world at the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Boutros has spoken to international bodies, legislators, think tanks, universities and professional schools.

Mr. Boutros and his family live in the metro Washington, D.C. area. 

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, December 7th.

 

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Joe Hartman
Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Joe Hartman

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Momentous: Key Supreme Court Cases for the 2017-18 Term

Joseph Hartman teaches constitutional law in the Georgetown University Department of Government, where he earned his Ph.D. in political theory in 2015.  He also holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and spent a decade in the private practice of law in Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, November 16th.

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Suzanne Scholte
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Suzanne Scholte

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In this lecture, Suzanne K. Scholte, President of the Defense Forum Foundation, will discuss "The Spiritual Struggle over North Korea" and why Christians are called to the battle.

Suzanne K. Scholte is considered one of the world’s leading activist in the North Korea human rights movement having worked for over 18 years to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. Scholte began a program in 1996 to host the first North Korean defectors in the United States to speak out about the atrocities being committed against the people of North Korea including the political prison camps and the horrific treatment of refugees. She has led international efforts to pressure China to end their horrific repatriation policy and has been involved in the rescue of hundreds of North Koreans escaping from North Korea. Currently, she serves as President of the Defense Forum Foundation; Chairman, North Korea Freedom Coalition; Vice-Chairman, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; and Honorary Chairman, Free North Korea Radio

She is the recipient of the 2008 Seoul Peace Prize Laureate, 2010 Walter Judd Freedom Award, 2013 Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal from the Republic of Korea, 2014 Sanders Peace and Social Justice Award, and the Volunteer Service (Gold) Award from the President of the United States. She was made an Honorary Citizen of Seoul in 2008. Scholte is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Koshin University.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, November 2nd.

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Joe Loconte
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Joe Loconte

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The Luther Option: How Martin Luther's Reformation Transformed the World

In recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. Joseph Loconte will address Faith & Law on "How Martin Luther's Reformation Transformed the World."  As the lecture title suggests, Loconte will gently push back against Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option."  One of the first things Luther did as he secured his position in Germany was to abolish all of the monastic orders.  Loconte will explain why Luther chose this course of action.

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, American Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918(Harper Collins, 2015) and winner of the 2017 Best Article award from the Tolkien Society for his article How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front.

Dr. Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, where he taught on religion and public policy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and from 1999-2006 he held the first chair in religion and civil society as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Dr. Loconte’s other books include: God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West(Lexington Books, 2014); The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012); The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); and Seducing the Samaritan: How Government Contracts Are Reshaping Social Services (The Pioneer Institute, 1997).

Dr. Loconte’s commentary on religion and public life appears in the nation’s leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the National Interest, the Weekly Standard, and National Review. He is also a regular contributor to the London-based Standpoint and the Huffington Post. For 10 years he served as a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Dr. Loconte has testified before Congress on international human rights and served as a human rights expert on the 2005 Congressional Task Force on the United Nations, contributing to its final report, “American Interests and U.N. Reform.” From 2001-2003, he was an informal advisor to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. More recently, he was a speechwriter for British MP Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. He now serves as a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum and as an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Loconte divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, October 26th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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David Barton
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

David Barton

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Restoring American Exceptionalism

In this lecture, David Barton will explore the roots of America as the exception rather than the rule among the nations of the world. He states that our exceptionalism encompasses great diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion, and has benefited every American.

Barton asserts that today, American Exceptionalism is no longer understood or venerated. Following several decades of indoctrination in both education and politics, many Americans now seem ashamed of their country and feel compelled to apologize to others for it. He contends that we have been taught America's flaws but little of its matchless benefits.

What produced the blessings we take for granted that so many other nations only dream of? Barton believes the answer is found in five principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence. He argues that if we discover these principles, we will learn what every citizen can do to restore America's greatness.

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.

He is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library of tens of thousands of original writings from the Founding Era. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year.

His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California, and has helped produce history textbooks now used in schools across the nation.

A national news organization has described him as "America's historian," and Time Magazine called him "a hero to millions - including some powerful politicians. In fact, Time Magazinenamed him as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals.

David has received numerous national and international awards, including Who's Who in Education, DAR's Medal of Honor, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval.

David and his wife Cheryl reside in Aledo, Texas, they have three grown, married children (Damaris, Timothy, and Stephen), and three grandchildren.

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Jay Richards
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Jay Richards

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Why Machines Won't Replace Us: A Defense of Human Uniqueness

In this lecture, Dr. Jay W. Richards will give highlights from his upcoming book on human uniqueness and the claim that machines will replace us.  He will show how the Christian understanding of the human person helps provide guidance in the debate about artificial intelligence and automation, and how to respond to it.

A thousand futurists predict that in the next few decades, machines will take over even more of our work, leaving mass joblessness in its wake. How should we respond to these claims? It’s true that machines will do many tasks we imagined could only be done by people. But many of these claims are based on a materialistic view of the human person that contradicts both faith and reason.

Dr. Richards will argue that we do need to prepare for massive job disruption. And we'll need to adapt by focusing on key virtues that separate man from machine. But machines will never replace us.

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the Executive Editor of The Stream. He is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013), and Indivisible (2012), co-authored with James Robison. He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and co-author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. His most recent book, co-authored with Jonathan Witt, is The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot. He has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 28th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Bill Haley
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Bill Haley

The Hill as Your School of Spiritual Formation

The Rev. Bill Haley is Executive Director of Coracle and the Associate Rector at The Falls Church Anglican.  A graduate of Bethel College (1991) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (magna cum laude, 1994), he is an Anglican priest and spiritual director, having completed his training with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (2007). His life has been profoundly shaped by many international experiences, particularly in places of deep brokenness in the world, and he has devoted many years to ministering in urban contexts, especially in inner-city Washington DC. With his wife Tara and four kids, Bill lives at Corhaven in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Since 1996 he has ministered with The Falls Church in a number of different capacities.  Bill was the founding Rector of St. Brendan’s in the City in Washington DC.  He recently served as the Director of Formation for The Washington Institute and  previously served as president of The Regeneration Forum and publisher of re:generation quarterly, a magazine devoted to “community transforming culture”.  He has also served on staff at the Servant Leadership School of Church of the Savior, was a founding board member and then President of the Southeast DC Partners, and is currently a US Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund and on the Advisory Council for The Telos Group. Because of such diverse experiences in life and around the world, and so many questions to ask, and so many things that matter, Bill’s life has been fired by the phrase “in Christ all things hold together.” He wants to be able to live and say with the same passion of St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live, it is Christ who lives in me.”

Bill's publications include articles in The Washington Post,  re:generation quarterly, Prism and Sojourners magazines, Inward/Outward of The Servant Leadership School, The Cry of Word Made Flesh, and with The Washington Institute.   He has compiled several original editions of poetry and prayers. His interests include outdoor sports, especially fly-fishing, the visual arts and music, reading, writing, and long conversations over a good cup of coffee (or wine).

RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, September 7th.

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Brian Fikkert
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Brian Fikkert

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself

The Bible is quite clear that God has a special concern for people who are poor, and followers of Jesus Christ must show the same concern. We must act. We must do something. But how we go about working with poor people really matters, for good intentions are not enough. It is entirely possible to hurt poor people -- and ourselves -- in the very process of trying to do good. 

 Based on the author's best-selling book,  When Helping Hurts, this presentation explores the key principles for bringing lasting change to low-income individuals and communities.

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Michael Wear
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Michael Wear

How Our Politics is Harming Our Spirit

Michael Wear shares ideas from his recent book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He suggests the “state of our politics is a reflection of the state of our souls,” and urges a renewal of Christian intention in public things. 

Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to America's believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

Today, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.

Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill:  Lessons from Capitol Hill Veterans
Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

The Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill: Lessons from Capitol Hill Veterans

Faith & Law will host a panel of Capitol Hill Veterans, moderated by John Palafoutas, founder of Faith & Law, to explore the "Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill."  These former senior staffers will share their stories of success and failure as they navigated the ethical waters of the Hill.     

Panelists include:

Arne Christenson, former Chief of Staff to then Speaker Newt Gingrich

Katherine Haley, former Chief Policy Adviser for then Speaker of the House John Boehner

Cherie Harder, former Policy Advisor to then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

Kerry Knott, former Chief of Staff to then Majority Leader Dick Armey

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Former Congressman Joe Pitts
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Former Congressman Joe Pitts

Staying the Course: Stories and Wisdom from 44 Years of Faith in Politics

Congressman Joe Pitts served in the United States House of Representatives for 20 years and before that served for 24 years in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.  He retired in 2017 as a respected statesman known for his strong Christian faith and his commitment to advancing Judeo-Christian values in government and society.  

Joe Pitts now offers his wisdom and experience to the next generation through Asbury University's Joe Pitts Center for Public Affairs.  The Pitts Center is designed to educate, motivate, and launch young, conservative Christians into the field of public service.  It will emphasize three core causes, which are the longstanding passions of Congressman Pitts:  humanitarian relief, human trafficking and religious liberties.

Having served on the frontline of the culture and legislative wars of the last 40 years, Joe has a unique insight into the proper role of Christians in public life and government and how to effectively advocate for our religious freedoms and values.  His views on biblical Christian citizenship and how we, as believers, should engage with our government to protect our rights are desperately needed in this current cultural and political climate.

 

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Dr. Jay Jakub
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Jay Jakub

"Jubilee Economics:  A More Complete Form of Capitalism"

Dr. Jay Jakub has just released a new book, with Bruno Roche, entitled, "Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World."  This work has been hailed as "A major breakthrough on creating an economy that works for all."

Jay is the Senior Director for External Research at Catalyst, serving Catalyst in multiple capacities.  First, he functions as the ‘COO’ of the team, assisting the Managing Director in all facets of management and planning.  In his external research capacity, he line manages those charged with leading Catalyst’s quantitative and qualitative research programs, and he oversees / leads the recruitment and management of the unit’s large and growing stable of multidisciplinary external partners (fellows) from academia, international organizations, NGOs, other think tanks, etc.   Finally, Jay co-manages Catalyst's Mutuality Lab and line manages the director of the Culture Lab.  His doctorate is from Oxford University, St. John's College, and prior to joining Mars Catalyst at the start of 2007, he spent nearly two decades in various government positions in the US executive and legislative branches. He is married to Eleni with whom he has two teenage children.  Jay is based in the Mars, Incorporated global headquarters in McLean, Virginia outside Washington, D.C..  

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Dr. Kent R. Hill
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Kent R. Hill

The title of this lecture is, "The Future of Christianity in the Middle East and How to Deal with Violent Islamic Extremism."

With massive displacements of Christians in Iraq and Syria, and recent violence against the Copts in Egypt, will Christianity survive in the Middle East? Kent Hill will provide a brief survey of Christianity in the Middle East. Then, with a special focus on what it will take to undermine violent Islamic extremism, he will address how Christians in the west can help. A particular area he will consider is whether the core problem is extremism or Islam itself. Without addressing this issue, Dr. Hill believes a way forward will not be found.  

Kent Hill joined the Religious Freedom Insitute after six years as Senior Vice President at World Vision, one of the largest faith-based relief and development organizations in the world. He also served for eight years as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), responsible for U.S. foreign assistance to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and, subsequently, all USAID health programs worldwide. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hill was President of Eastern Nazarene College, and President of D.C.'s Institute on Religion and Democracy. In 2010, as a Vice President at the John Templeton Foundation, Hill, along with Tom Farr, conceived Georgetown's Religious Freedom Project and secured funding to launch the project. Dr. Hill has published a book on Christianity and the Soviet Union. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington.

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