Podcast: EQUIPPING for political engagement with Stephanie Summers

September 21, 2022

On this episode of the podcast I talk with Stephanie Summers, the CEO of the Center for Public Justice about Christian political engagement as love of neighbor, and engagement that goes beyond presidential politics.

Among the topics we discuss: 

  • -Stephanie’s story of deepening her youthful activism with theological roots
  • -What is “public” justice, and what does the Center for Public Justice (CPJ) do?
  • -How does CPJ approach a problem like poverty?
  • -How do we move forward in a deeply polarized time?
  • -What does it mean for ordinary people to be politically engaged beyond just voting every few years?
  • -How do you find hope amid the political cynicism of our time?

To learn more:

Center for Public Justice: https://www.cpjustice.org/public/page/content/homepage 

Shared Justice: https://www.sharedjustice.org

Unleashing Opportunity book: https://www.sharedjustice.org/unleashing-opportunity 

More about the Hatfield Prize: https://www.sharedjustice.org/apply

Follow CPJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpjustice

Read an in All things review from Lexi Schnaser, a Dordt student, who interned at CPJ here. https://inallthings.org/developing-a-public-justice-perspective/

About the Authors
  • Justin Ariel Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming volume Interpreting Your World (Baker Academic, 2022). He serves as associate professor of Theology at Dordt University and is the host of the In All Things podcast. 

  • Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice. Ms. Summers is a co-author with Washington Post columnist Michael J. Gerson and Katie Thompson of Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice (Falls City Press). A frequent speaker and moderator, recent topics include Christian activism in Reformed Public Theology (Baker Academic) and leadership in The Routledge Handbook of Religious Literacy, Pluralism, and Global Engagement (Routledge). Ms. Summers is a recipient of the inaugural Duke Divinity Reflective Leadership Award. She also serves as a Trustee of Eastern University, where she received her M.S. in Nonprofit Management.

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