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Rachel Moriarty & Jared Spears on a new economics - welcoming the future and building for it In today's episode, we talk with Rachel Moriarty and Jared Spears from the Schumacher Center to discuss a new economics - welcoming the future and building for it.
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Rachel Moriarty & Jared Spears on a new economics - welcoming the future and building for it In today's episode, we talk with Rachel Moriarty and Jared Spears from the Schumacher Center to discuss a new economics - welcoming the future and building for it.
R. Khari Brown and Ronald Brown on Social Justice in the Church In today’s episode we’re talking with R. Khari Brown and Ronald Brown on what Americans hear about social justice at church - and what do they do about it.
Rev. Dr. John Senior on the Calling to Public Service In this week's episode, we're speaking with Reverent Dr. John Senior the Director of the Art of Ministry, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Leadership, and Director of the Collaborative for Religious Leadership at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity.

We are speaking with Dr. Senior about his book, "A theology of Political Vocation: Christian Life and Public Office." We delve into questions such as what does it mean for politics to be a vocation, what difference is there for the Christian serving in the public square, and what does the journey look like when answering the calling to be a public servant?

In our action item, we introduce you to the new bill tracking tool in our Catholic Advocacy Network action center and what issues we are tracking this session that Catholics will want to keep on their radar for discussions with their legislators.

Related links:

Dr. John Senior's webpage: https://divinity.wfu.edu/academics/faculty/john-e-senior/

Baylor Press for ordering "A theology of political vocation": https://www.baylorpress.com/9781481300353/a-theology-of-political-vocation/

Catholic Advocacy Network action center: www,MNCatholic.org/actioncenter
Dr. Glenn Hubbard on the Walls and Bridges in a Dynamic Economy This week we're talking with, Dr. Glenn Hubbard a professor of finance and economics at Columbia Business School. He about his book, “The Bridge and The Wall” which just became available on January 25th.

He argues in the book in favor of economic policies based on building bridges of preparation and adaptation rather than walls of protection and exclusion.

In this week's action item we're discussing the importance of joining the Catholic Advocacy Network and how you can easily join to become better formed in the faith, informed on the issues, and contact your elected officials to begin to transform our state.

Related links:

The Wall and the Bridge (Yale University Press): https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300259087/wall-and-bridge

Dr. Hubbard's Website: www.GlennHubbard.net
Jason Bedrick on the Rhetoric of School Choice Opponents & The Benefits of School Choice Programs This week we speak with Jason Bedrick, Director of Policy at EdChoice a non-profit committed to understanding and pursuing a K–12 education system that empowers every family to choose the schooling environment that fits their children’s needs best. We're speaking with him about a recent report he authored, "Who's afraid of school choice?" It examines some of the false rhetoric that school choice opponents make and compares it with the actual outcomes of school choice programs across the country.

This week's action item: Check out our partners at Opportunity for All Kids (OAK) to learn more about school choice efforts in Minnesota and how you can help advocate for parents and students to have real educational choices.

Links:

OAK: https://opportunityforallkids.org/

School Choice Report:https://www.edchoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Whos-Afraid-of-School-Choice-by-Jason-Bedrick-and-Ed-Tarnowski.pdf

EdChoice: https://www.edchoice.org/
Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie on Dobbs & the Science of the Unborn Child In this week's episode, we speak with Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie of The Catholic Association about the brief she submitted in the Supreme Court Case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, what the science of the unborn child tells us, and how this should impact our laws.

This week's action item:

Pray for your elected officials. Visit MNCatholic.org/actioncenter to send your elected officials a message that you are praying for them as they make decisions this session.
Danielle Brown on Confronting Racism as a Task of Evangelization This week we are speaking with Danielle Brown. associate director of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. We're examining the call to evangelize and the ways in which the Church's decisions are impacting those efforts for communities and individuals of color. We also examine how this ties in with efforts to combat the sin of racism, and we delve into viewing Critical Race Theory through a Catholic lens.

Make sure to check out our YouTube channel for the extended conversation!

Links to the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and resources:

Letter - https://www.usccb.org/resources/open-wide-our-hearts-enduring-call-love-pastoral-letter-against-racism

Study Guide - https://www.usccb.org/resources/open-wide-our-hearts-study-guide

Ad Hoc Cmte - https://www.usccb.org/committees/ad-hoc-committee-against-racism
Dr. James Stoner on Vaccination, the Law, and the Common Good In this week's episode, we speak with Dr. James Stoner, a political science professor at Louisiana State University, about his recent article, "Vaccination, the Law, and the Common Good". We examine what historical Supreme Court rulings that have set precedent mean in today's landscape of vaccine mandates.

In this week's action item we have details on an upcoming pro-life training day and how you can get tickets to this event that can begin to change hearts and minds in conversations about abortion.

Links:

Professor Stoner's article: https://lawliberty.org/vaccination-the-law-and-the-common-good/

Equipped for Life Training: www.MNCatholic.org/equippedforlife
Dr. Ulrich Lehner on Thinking Better and Unlocking the Power of Reason This week we speak with Dr. Ulrich Lehner a professor in the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame where he specializes in the history of Christianity about his book, "Think Better: Unlocking the Power of Reason." We delve into how people can begin to think better when society has become ever more divided and has seemingly lost the ability to base decisions in reason instead of feelings.

In our action item we have details on a great event that will help you put into practice reasoned arguments to counter common pro-choice arguments in a way that promotes dialogue in truth and love.

Links:

Think Better: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/think-better/409330

God is not Nice:https://www.avemariapress.com/products/god-is-not-nice

Equipped For Life - Pro-life Training Day Registration: www.MNCatholic.org/EquippedForLife
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