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This ERLC podcast from Washington, DC is hosted by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, the Director of Public Policy at the ERLC. Join Chelsea and her guests as they help Christians imagine a new way to engage in the public square.

This ERLC podcast from Washington, DC is hosted by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, the Director of Public Policy at the ERLC. Join Chelsea and her guests as they help Christians imagine a new way to engage in the public square.

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This ERLC podcast from Washington, DC is hosted by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, the Director of Public Policy at the ERLC. Join Chelsea and her guests as they help Christians imagine a new way to engage in the public square.

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@erlc

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English


Episodes

David Jimenez on Second Chance Month

4/21/2022
Chelsea Sobolik welcomes David Jimenez, manager of government affairs for Prison Fellowship. They discuss what Second Chance month is and why it is important for churches and communities to remember those in prison. They also discuss ongoing efforts to reform our prison and criminal justice systems in ways that promote the biblical ideas of justice, proportionality, and human dignity – without compromising public safety. Guest Biography David Jimenez serves as the manager of government...

Duration:00:34:12

Dr. Rick Morton on how the Russian invasion of Ukraine impacts vulnerable children

3/24/2022
As Russia continues to wage war in Ukraine, the most vulnerable people are suffering, including vulnerable children and children in need of safe, permanent, and loving families. Chelsea Sobolik welcomes Dr. Rick Morton, the Vice President of Engagement for Lifeline Children’s Services to discuss how the Russian invasion of Ukraine impacts orphans, vulnerable children, and families in the process of adopting. They discuss how the war harms vulnerable children, and ways the church can get...

Duration:00:33:27

David Curry on the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian

2/2/2022
This week, Chelsea Sobolik sits down with David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA. They discuss the release of Open Door’s 2022 World Watch List, and where it’s the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. David shares ways that Christians can pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Guest Biography Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry advocates on behalf of those who are persecuted for their Christian faith. He provides leadership to Open...

Duration:00:19:34

Jeanne Mancini on the March for Life

1/19/2022
This week, Chelsea Sobolik sits down with Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life. They discuss how and why the March began, this year’s theme and how Christians can get involved in caring for women and their preborn children. Guest Biography Jeanne Mancini was appointed to the role of President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund in the fall of 2012. In this capacity she proudly directs the small non-profit organization committed to restoring a culture of life in the...

Duration:00:18:10

Ambassador John Cotton Richmond on human trafficking, forced labor, and God’s call on his life to serve the most vulnerable (Part 2)

12/6/2021
Chelsea Sobolik welcomes Ambassador John Cotton Richmond, the former U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018 to 2021 to human trafficking, forced labor, how Christians can get involved in caring for vulnarble people, and how the Lord led Ambassador Richmond into this work. Listen to part one here. Guest Biography Ambassador Richmond’s career has taken him to the front lines in the global battle against human trafficking. As a Partner at Dentons, the world’s...

Duration:00:24:59

Ambassador John Cotton Richmond on human trafficking, forced labor, and God’s call on his life to serve the most vulnerable (Part 1)

11/29/2021
Chelsea Sobolik welcomes Ambassador John Cotton Richmond, the former U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018 to 2021 to human trafficking, forced labor, how Christians can get involved in caring for vulnarble people, and how the Lord led Ambassador Richmond into this work. Guest Biography Ambassador Richmond’s career has taken him to the front lines in the global battle against human trafficking. As a Partner at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, he...

Duration:00:29:51

Herbie Newell on National Adoption Month

11/15/2021
This week, Chelsea Sobolik sits down with Herbie Newell of Lifeline Children’s Services to discuss National Adoption Month, how the church can care for vulnerable children, and how we can be preparing for a post-Roe world. Guest Biography Herbie Newell is the President/Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and it’s ministry arms including (un)adopted, Crossings, and Lifeline Village. Herbie holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from Samford University. He joined the Lifeline...

Duration:00:44:17

Jason Thacker on the Digital Public Square

10/6/2021
The digital age promised deep connections, rich communication, and more access to information than we could ever imagine. But while technology has brought incredible benefits and conveniences into our lives, it also has led to countless unintended consequences and deep ethical challenges that push us to consider how to live out our faith in a technological society. This week, Chelsea Sobolik’s ERLC colleague Jason Thacker joins her to discuss his new project, the digital public square and...

Duration:00:32:59

Top Three Public Policy Stories

9/9/2021
ERLC’s acting director of public policy, Chelsea Sobolik shares the top three stories from Washington, D.C., that you need to know about, shares how Christians ought to think about these issues, and ways Christians can get involved. Resources from the Conversation Send Relief and World Relief work together to resettle Afghan refugeesWhy the U.S. should provide Priority 2 refugee status for Afghans fleeing persecutionEvangelical Leaders Call on the Biden Administration to Stand with Afghan...

Duration:00:19:00

Matthew Soerens on Afghan refugees

9/2/2021
As the United States departed from Afghanistan, there remains an urgent humanitarian crisis in the country, both for the U.S.’s Afghan allies and those fearing persecution from the Taliban. Chelsea Sobolik welcomes Matthew Soerens, the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief to discuss how and why Christians can serve Afghans who qualified for the Special Immigrant Visa Program and the Refugee Resettlement Program. Guest Biography Matthew Soerens is the U.S. Director of...

Duration:00:23:18

August Profiles: Yuval Levin on institutions, public service at the White House and his family's immigration story

8/26/2021
With Congress in August recess, we take a break from our usual policy focused conversations and host interviews with leaders we admire. This week, Chelsea Sobolik sits down with Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute. 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. Guest Biography Yuval Levin is the director of Social,...

Duration:00:33:40

A Final Show Part 2: David French on religious liberty, pro-life policy, and January 6th

8/11/2021
We are in a season of transition at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission after Russell Moore’s move to Christianity Today. The team in D.C. is changing as well, and so we wanted to bring you a final show with the current team: Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow. This show will air in two parts with reflections on the ERLC’s work in Washington and a conversation with David French of The Dispatch about religious liberty, pro-life policy, and January 6th. Listen...

Duration:00:53:00

A Final Show Part 1: Reflections from the Leland House with Jeff, Chelsea, and Travis

8/4/2021
We are in a season of transition at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission after Russell Moore’s move to Christianity Today. The team in D.C. is changing as well, and so we wanted to bring you a final show with the current team: Jeff Pickering, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik, and Travis Wussow. This show will air in two parts with reflections on the ERLC’s work in Washington, D.C., and a conversation with David French of The Dispatch about religious liberty, pro-life policy, and January...

Duration:00:59:40

National Latino Evangelical Coalition’s Gabriel Salguero on the payday lending debt trap

5/13/2021
Jeff Pickering and Brooke Kramer are joined by the Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero to discuss why Christians should care about ending the payday debt trap and how the Faith for Just Lending (FJL) coalition is advocating against payday lending. Salguero is the pastor at The Gathering Place, a Latino-led multi-ethnic Assemblies of God congregation in Orlando and also the president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC). “Payday lending is a form of economic predation and...

Duration:00:36:56

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