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10/19/2020
Initiative on Faith & Public Life

Don't forget to register for tomorrow's live screening of the documentary "For Love of Neighbor: Politics for the Common Good" featuring CPJ CEO Stephanie Summers!
https://faithandpubliclife.com/flon-screening/

We are excited to reveal the trailer for our new documentary "For Love of Neighbor: Politics for the Common Good," featuring Senator Tim Scott, Justin Giboney, Arthur Brooks, Russell Moore, Stephanie Summers, Senator Ben Sasse and more. Watch it here, or visit the website to sign up to receive updates for the film's release at: www.faithandpubliclife.com/video/loveofneighbor/

Check out IRFA’s Stanley Carlson-Thies’ latest article on how Congress could be designing “special child care grants mad...
10/15/2020
COVID-19 Support for Child Care Should Be Welcoming for Faith-based Providers – Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance

Check out IRFA’s Stanley Carlson-Thies’ latest article on how Congress could be designing “special child care grants made hospitable for faith-based child care providers” during COVID-19.

If you would like to stay abreast of breaking news, issues development, events, and mobilization efforts for institutional religious freedom, please subscribe to our free eNews for Faith-Based Organizations.

You’re invited to the live virtual premiere of Initiative on Faith & Public Life's “For Love of Neighbor” on Tuesday, Oc...
10/15/2020

You’re invited to the live virtual premiere of Initiative on Faith & Public Life's “For Love of Neighbor” on Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm ET! This documentary about politics for the common good is co-sponsored by the Center for Public Justice and features CPJ CEO Stephanie Summers!
RSVP: http://faithandpubliclife.com/flon-screening/

“What does COVID-19 require of all of us but to attend – to attend to children, the elderly, the sick, and even to ourse...
10/14/2020
How family-sensitive practices prepared workplaces for crisis

“What does COVID-19 require of all of us but to attend – to attend to children, the elderly, the sick, and even to ourselves?”

In an op-ed featured in Made to Flourish, CPJ’s Rachel Anderson explores the urgent need of workplaces to meaningfully adjust to their workers’ heightened caregiving responsibilities and prioritize families.

Companies that recognize the value of the family (and therefore the need for flexibility) can help us as we continue working through a pandemic.

“The Community of Hope has helped thousands of families come home.” Read the next article in the Family-Supportive Workp...
10/14/2020
Welcoming and Listening to Working Mothers — Families Valued

“The Community of Hope has helped thousands of families come home.” Read the next article in the Family-Supportive Workplace Series of Families Valued on how this workplace provides a Working Mother Room to employees as a way to properly engage with wellness needs.

Rachel Anderson, Chelsea Maxwell Community of Hope knows how important it is to feel at home. Through health and social service providers in Washington, D.C., Community of Hope (COH)’s mission is to improve health and end family homelessness in order to make Washington, D.C. more equitable. Commu

Shared Justice
10/14/2020

Shared Justice

Attention Council for Christian Colleges & Universities students & faculty! There are 3 weeks left to apply for the 2021 #HatfieldPrize, a transformative academic experience that contributes to the well-being of your community. $5000 prize for students, $1500 for faculty advisors. http://sharedjustice.org/apply

Check out the first article in the Family-Supportive Workplaces Series of Families Valued on how The Stroopie Company is...
10/08/2020
Foreseeing Flex Time: How One Company Puts Family Values to Practice — Families Valued

Check out the first article in the Family-Supportive Workplaces Series of Families Valued on how The Stroopie Company is providing “meaningful employment to resettled refugees” while also offering flexible scheduling to its employees.

Rachel Anderson, Chelsea Maxwell The Stroopie Company was founded in 2008 to provide meaningful employment to resettled refugees moving into the Lancaster, Pennsylvania community, and to make and sell authentic Dutch Stroopwafels. With only 10 employees, all mothers, the Stroopie Company (or “Str

Center for Faith & Work
10/07/2020

Center for Faith & Work

"To me, once you get tolerance down -- respecting people who've got views that are painful to you, without which we'll never work together, and ... humility, recognizing the limits of what you can prove, patience just comes from that. To me, the patience flows out of the other two." -- Timothy Keller, from our 2016 event Civility in the Public Square also with Nicholas Kristof, Stephanie Summers, and John Inazu.

Haven't watched the talk yet? Head to faithandwork.com/civility and let us know what you think.

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley who received the 2020 Emerging Public Intellectual Award from Redeemer Univer...
10/06/2020

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley who received the 2020 Emerging Public Intellectual Award from Redeemer University in partnership with CPJ, Acton Institute, Cardus, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and The Paul B. Henry Institute at Calvin University.
To read more about Dr. McCaulley's work: https://www.redeemer.ca/resound/finding-hope/

Check out the Family-Supportive Workplaces Series by CPJ’s Families Valued. This article series will highlight family-su...
10/05/2020
Introducing the Family-Supportive Workplaces Series — Families Valued

Check out the Family-Supportive Workplaces Series by CPJ’s Families Valued. This article series will highlight family-supportive workplaces that are best equipped to persist through the shock of COVID-19 and adapt to the post-pandemic normal.

For decades, some Americans have longed for a transformation in work. Working parents have called for recognition and flexibility. Those balancing multiple jobs have called for rest. Then COVID-19 crashed into the American economy in the spring of 2020 and changed work all at once. Places of busines

“Homelessness has a dramatic impact on both parents and children, affecting health, educational opportunities for childr...
10/05/2020

“Homelessness has a dramatic impact on both parents and children, affecting health, educational opportunities for children, and family stability.” - Read Azusa Pacific University’s Daniel Montoya & Dr. Anupama Jacob's policy report on combating family #homelessness through #supportivehousing #HatfieldPrize: http://www.sharedjustice.org/hatfieldprize2020

“A healthy financial ecosystem that contributes to the flourishing of borrowers should be championed.” - Read Wheaton Co...
10/01/2020

“A healthy financial ecosystem that contributes to the flourishing of borrowers should be championed.” - Read Wheaton College‘s Anna Cole & Timothy Taylor Ph.D.’s policy report on predatory #paydaylending and what’s needed for a healthy financial ecosystem http://www.sharedjustice.org/hatfieldprize2020 #lendjustly

"New Wheaton College study explores payday lending's impact in DuPage County" Read the Daily Herald's coverage of Anna C...
10/01/2020
New Wheaton College study explores payday lending's impact in DuPage County

"New Wheaton College study explores payday lending's impact in DuPage County" Read the Daily Herald's coverage of Anna Cole (Wheaton College '21) and Dr. Timothy Taylor's research on predatory lending in Illinois. #hatfieldprize

New research by Anna Cole (Wheaton College Class of 2021) and faculty advisor Timothy Taylor, Ph.D. was published recently by the Center for Public Justice, a Christian civic education and public policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. They were recipients of The Hatfield Prize, which...

In “The Child Care Crisis and Its Impact on Hispanic Families,” Dordt University's Katie Bogle & Dr. Abby Foreman explor...
09/30/2020

In “The Child Care Crisis and Its Impact on Hispanic Families,” Dordt University's Katie Bogle & Dr. Abby Foreman explore barriers to affordable child care for Hispanic families in Sioux Center, Iowa. http://www.sharedjustice.org/hatfieldprize2020 #HatfieldPrize #childcare

Shared Justice
09/24/2020

Shared Justice

JUST RELEASED: We’re thrilled to announce the release of the 2020 #HatfieldPrize reports! Student-faculty pairs from
Dordt University, Wheaton College, and Azusa Pacific University conducted research on child care, predatory lending, and chronic family homelessness. Read the reports: http://sharedjustice.org/hatfieldprize2020

With generous support from Aspen Ascend, CPJ’s Families Valued initiative and the Calvin University Center for Social Re...
09/18/2020
How Will COVID-19 and the Response to the Virus Change the Ways Families Live and Work? — Families Valued

With generous support from Aspen Ascend, CPJ’s Families Valued initiative and the Calvin University Center for Social Research team will soon be exploring how households and workplaces have learned about and benefitted from several key COVID-19-related policies.

For more information about this research and other pro-family efforts, visit the link below and join CPJ’s Families Valued newsletter: https://www.familiesvalued.org/connect

With support from Ascend at the Aspen Institute , the Center for Public Justice ’s Families Valued initiative and the Calvin University Center for Social Research (CSR) will launch a research effort to understand how households and workplaces have learned about and benefitted from several key CO

Check out this article CPJ’s Chelsea Bombino wrote for Religion Unplugged on the timely collaboration between congregati...
09/16/2020
How A Faith Community Is Providing Safe Spaces For Public School Kids' Online Learning — Sacred Sector

Check out this article CPJ’s Chelsea Bombino wrote for Religion Unplugged on the timely collaboration between congregations, faith-based networks, and local school districts to provide safe environments in which students can work on their online learning.

Like many other school districts around the country, Columbus City Schools (CCS) announced midsummer that they would not be reopening for in-person instruction in the fall due to COVID-19. Earlier in the year, when the schools had been forced to close, almost a quarter of all CCS students did no

There is still time to register for First Amendment Voice's Constitution Day Webinar Series! Register for the September ...
09/15/2020

There is still time to register for First Amendment Voice's Constitution Day Webinar Series!

Register for the September 16 Webinar: https://rb.gy/38yfd1

Register for the September 17 Webinar: https://rb.gy/dyiuqi

Shared Justice
09/15/2020

Shared Justice

Attention Council for Christian Colleges & Universities students and faculty: apply now for the Center for Public Justice's 2021 Hatfield Prize! Research the intersection of COVID-19 and a domestic social policy in your community this spring. $5000 for students, $1500 for faculty. Applications are due November 4:
http://sharedjustice.org/apply

Join us for "The Politics of Neighborly Love" on Thursday, September 17!REGISTER today: http://politicsevent.org
09/15/2020

Join us for "The Politics of Neighborly Love" on Thursday, September 17!

REGISTER today: http://politicsevent.org

How can Christians look to Scripture to guide how we participate in the political process?

Join us for "The Politics of Neighborly Love" on Thursday, September 17th featuring Stephanie Summers and other great speakers.

Register today: politicsevent.org

Join the Sacred Sector Fellows and Community participants for an online discussion as part of this year’s First Amendmen...
09/14/2020

Join the Sacred Sector Fellows and Community participants for an online discussion as part of this year’s First Amendment Voice's Constitution Day Webinar Series: Pandemic Civic Engagement.

On Thursday, September 17, engage in a panel discussion on Faith-Based Social Services During a Pandemic, moderated by Sacred Sector Director Chelsea Bombino and featuring Sacred Sector Fellows Dominique Robinson-Coleman and Yasmine Arrington.

REGISTER today: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3015996649744/WN_FzSWibEvSU2eWHN_j9aCpA

How can Christians faithfully engage the political sphere?Join this important online forum hosted by the Denver Institut...
09/14/2020

How can Christians faithfully engage the political sphere?

Join this important online forum hosted by the Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the Nashville Institute for Faith and Work on Thursday, September 17th at 8:30 pm (ET) featuring Center for Public Justice CEO Stephanie Summers and other great panelists.

REGISTER today: http://politicsevent.org

08/31/2020
cpjustice.org

CPJ is hiring!
We are looking for a Director of Communications who will oversee all communications, develop new and innovative ways to share CPJ’s vision, develop proactive relationships with journalists and traditional and online media outlets regarding CPJ’s work, and lead the organizational response to media inquiries.
If you are interested in learning more about this position, including main job functions, the application process, and important information regarding COVID-19 and telework, visit https://cpjustice.org/public/page/content/Careers.

Check out this OP-ed by Gabriel Salguero, which touches on some of the important points laid out in CPJ's Guiding Princi...
08/31/2020
Children suffer as COVID-19 ravages our nation

Check out this OP-ed by Gabriel Salguero, which touches on some of the important points laid out in CPJ's Guiding Principles for Government's Response to a Pandemic.

As a Latino evangelical pastor who sees first-hand the deleterious effects of hunger in our communities, I am calling on Congress to act again on behalf of those who are particularly exposed to hunger, housing and economic hardships. So many members of my congregation are suffering. They’ve lost j...

In the final installment of the #SacredSector Fellows Workplace Series, read about the experience of Ruth Mangual servin...
08/27/2020
Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras: Faithfully Serving Its Community — Sacred Sector

In the final installment of the #SacredSector Fellows Workplace Series, read about the experience of Ruth Mangual serving with Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras this summer. https://www.sacredsector.org/sacred-stories/2020/08/13/ruth-mangual

The multicultural, multilingual church located in the heart of Plainfield, NJ, is defined by its name Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras. It is represented by a congregation of dedicated Christians from 17 countries throughout North America, South America, and the Caribbean. The church is a repr

In today’s article from Adedayo Adebayo in the #SacredSector Fellows Workplace Series, learn about how one host site, Se...
08/25/2020
Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park: Building Their Community into God’s Desired Image — Sacred Sector

In today’s article from Adedayo Adebayo in the #SacredSector Fellows Workplace Series, learn about how one host site, Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park, is building their community into God’s desired image. https://www.sacredsector.org/sacred-stories/2020/08/20/adedayo-adebayo

Adedayo Adebayo, a 2020 Sacred Sector Fellow, served at the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park (SBCAP), a predominantly Black church that was incorporated in 1891. It is a church committed to Christian growth, and they do this through practical, engaging, experiential, and creative teaching of the

Next up in the #SacredSector Fellows Workplace Series, Max Spoelstra reflects on his experience serving with Chapel Poin...
08/20/2020
Chapel Pointe: Desiring to Make a Radical Impact for the Kingdom — Sacred Sector

Next up in the #SacredSector Fellows Workplace Series, Max Spoelstra reflects on his experience serving with Chapel Pointe in Hudsonville, MI this summer. https://www.sacredsector.org/sacred-stories/2020/08/20/max-spoelstra

Chapel Pointe is a growing church in Hudsonville, MI that pursues a mission to multiply transformed followers of Jesus. To that end, the church strives to intentionally reach, serve, and disciple its community. It also holds strategic partnerships with other ministry leaders, with a desire to see th

It’s time for the Church to unite and lead on the issues of criminal and racial justice. Join us! #PrayerandJusticeRefor...
08/20/2020
Evangelicals Call for Police and Criminal Justice Reform

It’s time for the Church to unite and lead on the issues of criminal and racial justice. Join us! #PrayerandJusticeReform

New initiative challenges churches and believers: “Scripture makes the pursuit of justice for our neighbors a mandatory part of the Christian life.”

This summer, each #SacredSector Fellow received a host site placement, where they conducted an organizational assessment...
08/19/2020
First Baptist Church Pharr: Actively Serving the Community in Love — Sacred Sector

This summer, each #SacredSector Fellow received a host site placement, where they conducted an organizational assessment and implementation plan, and then applied the “Three P’s” -- organizational best practices, public policy, and positive engagement -- at their host site.

Read about Saraí Muñiz’s experience applying the “Three P’s” at her host site, First Baptist Church Pharr.
https://www.sacredsector.org/sacred-stories/2020/08/19/sarai-muniz

It is crucial for a church to be involved in the community and serve those around it. As a Sacred Sector Fellow this summer with First Baptist Church Pharr, Saraí Muñiz assists the church in evaluating its practices and creating a crisis management plan.

Today, we’re launching the Prayer & Action Justice Initiative, a nationwide effort to advocate forracial justice and non...
08/19/2020

Today, we’re launching the Prayer & Action Justice Initiative, a nationwide effort to advocate for
racial justice and nonpartisan criminal justice reform in America. #PrayerAndJusticeReform Join us here: www.PrayerAndActionCoalition.org

There is still time to register for Thursday's 4pm ET webinar on using emergency paid leave during COVID-19. Don't forge...
08/18/2020

There is still time to register for Thursday's 4pm ET webinar on using emergency paid leave during COVID-19.

Don't forget to invite your friends or church members who may need paid leave from their jobs this fall for caregiving responsibilities, due their child's school moving to remote or hybrid learning.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B_NSk1E8SCqugNYc3HjKfQ

Check out this article CPJ’s Chelsea Bombino wrote for Religion Unplugged on a recent case #SCOTUS chose not take up reg...
08/14/2020
Of Dice and Clergymen - Casinos, Congregations, and COVID-19 — Sacred Sector

Check out this article CPJ’s Chelsea Bombino wrote for Religion Unplugged on a recent case #SCOTUS chose not take up regarding the unequal treatment of casinos and congregations.

https://www.sacredsector.org/sacred-stories/2020/08/10/of-dice-and-clerymen

On Friday, July 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 decision , denied an application for injunctive relief submitted by a Christian congregation, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, in Nevada. In denying this church’s request, the Court refused to assess a troubling fact scenario wherein worship

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We need one another and that includes you, right now. The word “marry” is a religious term and should be treated reverently as such (see www.IOMRAS.info, Etymology page). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled otherwise. But did it? Does the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling prevent instead of it being called marriage, instead for same-sex couples calling it something else—for example a “civil union” with all the same legal benefits as a marriage? If you are reading this, you are already on the computer and can easily text your local government elected officials to ask them that question. This needs to get out so it can be talked about, considered and perhaps generate some action. Then share with one another the feedback. Thank you.