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

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

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@erlc

Language:

English


Episodes

World Relief’s Matthew Soerens on President Biden’s refugee admissions decision

5/5/2021
Jeff Pickering and Travis Wussow welcome Matthew Soerens of World Relief, a refugee resettlement agency, to the roundtable to talk about what happened with President Biden’s decision on the refugee admissions ceiling. The group also discusses the Evangelical Immigration Table advocacy both for refugee policy and for solutions to the ongoing migration humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border. “Rhetoric is no refuge for the persecuted — we need action. The refugee resettlement ceiling...

Duration:00:39:38

USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin on the global threats to religious freedom

4/28/2021
This week, Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow are honored to welcome Gayle Manchin, Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom to discuss USCIRF’s recently released annual report. Comprised of nine commissioners, USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal body that is principally responsible for reviewing the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the President,...

Duration:00:37:54

Prison Fellowship's Heather Rice-Minus on the church and criminal justice reform

4/21/2021
Jeff Pickering welcomes back Heather Rice-Minus of Prison Fellowship to talk about the church, criminal justice reform, and why Christians value second chances. This episode comes as we are engaged in Second Chance Month, a nationwide effort each April to raise awareness about barriers to reentry and unlock brighter futures for people with a criminal record. This conversation was recorded on Friday, April 16, the week before the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the...

Duration:00:34:03

Three adoption issues you should know about and a farewell to our audio engineer Gary Lancaster

4/14/2021
Adoption is a priority of the ERLC’s work, both in policy advocacy and family ministry. Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow talk about three adoption issues you should be aware of. They cover the effects of the pandemic on adoption, the Adoptee Citizenship Act, and an important case at the Supreme Court for child welfare providers. At the end of the episode, the crew is joined by our awesome audio engineer, Gary Lancaster to wish him a farewell, say thanks, and...

Duration:00:33:49

Phillip Bethancourt on how Christians can engage conversations about COVID vaccine hesitancy

4/7/2021
Phillip Bethancourt, now lead pastor of Central in College Station, Texas and former ERLC executive vice president, joins Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow to discuss how Christians can engage conversations on COVID vaccine hesitancy. Bethancourt’s church recently served their community as a vaccination site. Guest Biography Phillip Bethancourt is lead pastor of Central in College Station, Texas. Before he was called to pastor Central, he served as the Executive...

Duration:00:37:47

Jonathan Hayes on how our government shelters unaccompanied migrant children

3/24/2021
We want to help you think well about immigration, especially as the surge in unaccompanied children at the U.S. southern border leads to greater public debate of these issues. Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow welcome Jonathan Hayes, a former federal official, to the roundtable to explain how our government shelters unaccompanied migrant children. Hayes served as Director of the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency responsible for caring for unaccompanied...

Duration:00:32:16

Russell Moore on the ethics of the COVID-19 vaccines

3/12/2021
How should we think about the ethics of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine? Russell Moore joins Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow to explain why it is ethical to take this shot. And specifically for pro-life Christians, taking the vaccines will help preserve life and end the pandemic suffering. The round table also reflects on the one year anniversary of the pandemic and what it all means for the church going forward. Resources from the Conversation Is the...

Duration:00:36:15

Casey Mattox on the Supreme Court’s decision about free speech on college campuses

3/10/2021
In an 8-1 victory for religious liberty, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski that governments can be held accountable for past violations of First Amendment freedoms. Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow welcome lawyer and free speech advocate Casey Mattox to the roundtable to talk about the decision and why it matters. Guest Biography Casey Mattox is vice president for legal and judicial strategy at Americans for Prosperity, where he...

Duration:00:32:18

Laura Collins on immigration and border policy solutions

3/3/2021
We want to help you think well about immigration, especially as news reports grow over potential surges of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. southern border. How do we care for immigrants well and celebrate immigration as important to America while also not creating a magnet for a border crisis? Jeff Pickering and Travis Wussow welcome Laura Collins to the roundtable to help answer that question. Guest Biography Laura Collins serves as Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative...

Duration:00:31:17

Katie Glenn on the abortion policies hidden in H.R.5 and the pro-life movement in state legislatures

2/24/2021
The ERLC’s public policy advocacy includes supporting good legislation while also opposing bills that are harmful to the common good. Jeff and Chelsea welcome their friend Katie Glenn from Americans United for Life to discuss how the promotion of justice for life-affirming laws requires both. Guest Biography Katie Glenn serves as Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life. Her work to enact pro-life laws at the state and federal level includes writing and testifing on all of...

Duration:00:30:42

Genocide, peace accords, and the fragility of democracy: Three international stories you should know about

2/11/2021
Jeff, Chelsea, and Travis discuss three big international stories for Christians to consider. They cover an update on the Chinese Uyghur genocide, how Christians are often left out of Middle East peace accords, and what we can learn about the fragility of democracy from the coup in Myanmar. This episode was sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of Being the Bad Guy by Stephen McAlpine. Resources from the Conversation 'Their goal is to destroy everyone': Uighur camp detainees...

Duration:00:43:15

What’s next for pro-life policy in D.C. and in state legislatures?

2/3/2021
As we step into a new year, as well as a new administration in Washington, D.C., we want to join together to discuss this important moment in the pro-life movement. We believe that the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case which will occur in January of 2023 will mark a significant moment in time for the pro-life movement. We have a powerful opportunity now to begin 2021 discussing the future of the pro-life movement and begin casting a vision for the next three years—what...

Duration:00:34:08

President Biden’s Executive Actions and the Psalm 139 Project

1/26/2021
Jeff, Chelsea, and Travis discuss President Biden’s first week of executive actions, both those which are praiseworthy and others which raise concern. This flurry of policy-making from the White House also shows how far we’ve strayed from the constitutional structure of our federal government. Then, our colleague Elizabeth Graham joins the roundtable for the first time to introduce the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project which places life-saving ultrasound machines in pregnancy care centers. The...

Duration:00:46:58

From Chaos to the Inauguration

1/20/2021
Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow are back together for the start of a new year in D.C. The team reflects on the two historic Wednesdays at the U.S. Capitol and what it all means for our democracy, our public policy work, and for Christians in the public square. January 6th was a day of chaos. January 20th is a day that will see the inauguration of a new president amidst unprecedented security and pandemic precautions. Both are meaningful for the work of the...

Duration:00:38:22

Chaos at the Capitol: A Conversation about Conspiracies and Violence

1/12/2021
We begin 2021 with a conversation between Jeff Pickering and Russell Moore about the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and not just that as a lone event but all that led up to it. The constant assault on the truth and reality of the 2020 presidential election, that Joe Biden won and Donald Trump lost, stirred up the worst of partisan passions and led to an unimaginable assault on our democracy and a historic tragedy on Wednesday, January 6. The interview was hosted as an ERLC webinar on Friday,...

Duration:00:41:42

An ERLC Megacast to wrap up 2020

12/22/2020
All of the hosts from the ERLC podcasts are together for one big crossover episode to wrap up 2020 with highlights, favorite things, and the banter that turns co-workers into friends. This MEGACAST joins the ERLC Podcast crew–Josh Wester, Lindsay Nicolet, and Brent Leatherwood–with the Capitol Conversations team–Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow–and Jason Thacker of the WeeklyTech podcast. Thanks be to Gary Lancaster, our fearless producer and America’s most elite...

Duration:00:50:17

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on the COVID-19 vaccines

12/15/2020
With the first COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer being delivered throughout the U.S., we wanted to bring you a discussion about the vaccines between Dr. Russell Moore and Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collins is one of our nation’s key scientific leaders battling the pandemic. In this conversation, he shares insights about the development of the vaccines, misconceptions about them and what it will take to get our church life back to "normal." This...

Duration:00:36:00

The lame duck Congress, the Biden Administration, and a deep dive on the U.S. China relationship with Michael Sobolik

12/10/2020
Chelsea Patterson Sobolik and Travis Wussow are both back around the table with Jeff Pickering for a wide ranging policy conversation about the ERLC’s priorities for the Lame Duck Congress and then the Biden Administration. Then on the second half of the show, China expert Michael Sobolik joins us for a deep dive on Chinese Communist Party politics, history of the U.S. China relationship, and what it means for human rights advocacy today. This episode is sponsored by The Good Book Company,...

Duration:01:02:34

Fall 2020 reflections with the D.C. interns

12/2/2020
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...

Duration:00:34:29

John Cusey on rebuilding America’s tradition of welcoming refugees

11/24/2020
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...

Duration:00:49:25