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What does it look like to defend the faith freedom of everyone? This magazine provides opportunities to listen to others about the importance of defending religious liberty for all, including a recap of a conversation with Indigenous voices on faith freedom and voices from the LGBTQ community on faith freedom. Plus, Amanda Tyler reviews the significant summer of 2022, Holly Hollman analyzes two recent Supreme Court decisions that show the shift in the legal landscape, our new class of BJC Fellows share their perspectives on their advocacy journey, and more.

With more people explicitly embracing Christian nationalism as something to aspire to, BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler says we risk normalizing this harmful ideology at a time when it is becoming militaristic and violent. Read her column.

BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman says this Supreme Court is reshaping religious liberty without deference to principles that have protected it for decades. Read her column.

Former NCAA athlete Georgia McKee shares her experiences in light of the Kennedy v. Bremerton decision. Too often, she says, Christianity in sports is limited to how many verses you can write on your sporting equipment and how loud you can pray. 

From the continuing impact of the Doctrine of Discovery to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Indigenous leaders shared the ongoing impact of colonization. Read a recap of their conversation during our BJC Luncheon. 

“Christian nationalism is not a branch of Christianity. It is not a fringe theology. It is an insidious political ideology that uses the language of Christianity to hide its attack on religious freedom,” writes BJC Associate General Counsel Jennifer Hawks in an article first published by the Canopy Forum.

The Rev. Megan J. Pike knows firsthand the importance of religious liberty. A board certified chaplain, she serves at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Megan often says her faith identity calls her to defend religious freedom and serve as a chaplain, and we asked her to share about her calling.

During Pride Month in June 2022, BJC hosted conversations with members of the LGBTQ community. They shared about faith freedom in their community and contexts. Each conversation is available on our website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Meet the members of the 2022 class of BJC Fellows, ready to make an impact in their communities. These 10 young professionals gathered in Colonial Williamsburg July 27-31 for the BJC Fellows Seminar, kicking off their experience as a BJC Fellow.

BJC Advocacy and Outreach Manager Jaziah Masters shares about his work and how young people are looking beyond “conventional” politics to solve the issues that have plagued our society for generations. Read his article in Good Faith Media

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