VVS17 ★ Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions (3:15 - 5:30 p.m.)
MAKING CONSERVATIVE VOICES HEARD
Speakers: Daniel (Dan) Weber, Founder and CEO, AMAC*
Synopsis: Daniel (Dan) Weber is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens. With a membership base of over 1.3 million citizens, AMAC is focused squarely on protecting the interests of America's seniors, offering alternative perspectives on solving the problems faced by seniors today, fighting runaway taxes, excessive government involvement in our day-to-day lives, and the erosion of accountability at all levels of government. By advancing solutions instead of rhetoric, AMAC's conservative philosophies and member-driven initiatives continue to gain traction in Washington. Dan's message will illustrate how the conservative voice is making a difference.
PRESERVING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND THE RIGHT TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL IN AN INCREASINGLY HOSTILE WORLD
Speakers: William J. Federer, Author and Speaker on America's Noble Heritage*
Synopsis: A pronounced cry for "religious liberty" is currently coming out of conservative circles. Christians have long understood that the apostle Paul's declaration to the church in Corinth -- "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" -- not only applies to religious liberty, but liberty in general. So the question is, can liberty, including religious liberty, survive outside a pervasively -- if not exclusively -- Christian culture? A panel will address this topic and take questions from breakout session attendees
WHY A CODDLED NATION IS A CRIPPLED NATION
Speakers: Dr. Everett Piper, President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University*
Synopsis: Join Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and author of the viral op-ed, "This is Not a Day Care, It's a University" in a discussion of campus chaos across the country and how true conservatives can reclaim the language of classical liberalism. Dr. Piper's latest book, "Not a Day Care: Why a Coddled Nation is a Crippled Nation" calls readers to stand for the true answer to this unrest: the freedom found only in Truth.
WHAT THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY MOVEMENT CAN LEARN FROM THE VICTORIES OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT
Synopsis: What can the religious liberty movement learn from the victories of the pro-life movement? There is something to be learned from the forty years of unwavering commitment to life that the pro-life movement has stood for, resulting in the many present legislative victories we see today. The 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal on demand in this country, and many thought that this would mark the beginning of the end of human dignity in America. Yet, forty years later we’ve seen tremendous triumphs in the pro-life movement at the state level despite having a progressive administration for the last eight years bent on keeping abortion a normal part of American life. Join us as we trace the timeline of legislation and cultural shifts that have moved America closer and closer to ending abortion in our lifetime, and discover how the same strategies can be used to preserve religious liberty for future generations.
DRAIN THE SWAMP
Speakers: Rob Chambers, Vice President, AFA Action*; Walker Wildmon, Assistant to the President, AFA*; Debbie Wuthnow, Executive Director, iVoterGuide.com*
Synopsis: In the last election, citizens made known their angst about America's future. The great American Experiment remains under heavy attack at home, Europe seems intent on rejecting western civilization, and chaos and oppression reign over much of the world. Republicans now have control of the Senate, House, and White House. Still, Democrats and many moderate and liberal Republicans are roadblocking the conservative agenda. This session will cover three ways to help "Drain the Swamp." You will be equipped with the information on which elected officials and special interests are obstructing a conservative agenda, how to make a difference in primary elections, and how to hold elected officials accountable.
ISLAMIC SUPREMACISTS: THE THREAT TO THE WEST
OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE: THE ECONOMIC ANXIETY AND CULTURE CRISES IN MIDDLE AMERICA
Speakers: Jennifer Marshall, VP for the Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity and Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow, The Heritage Foundation*
Synopsis: A report from the front lines of the struggle for religious freedom in America. Hear directly from the people at the center of the court cases that will dramatically impact religious liberty for every citizen. The legal team from First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans, will discuss the best strategy for winning these important cases and others. Meet clients who’ve taken a courageous stand and learn what each of us can do to protect our religious liberty rights.
THE DAY CHRISTIANS CHANGED AMERICA: HOW CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS PUT TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND REDIRECTED AMERICA'S FUTURE
Speakers: George Barna, Executive Director of the American Culture and Faith Institute (a division of United in Purpose)*
Synopsis: Join George Barna, as he discusses the behind-the-scenes, data-based narrative about the 2016 presidential election. Barna, a pollster for four decades with experience at all levels of political battle, conducted more than 50,000 interviews during the course of the campaign season. He provides a bird's-eye view of how the electorate – and especially our communities of faith – engaged with the candidates in the most contentious election in modern history. In addition, he will share lessons for future elections in our increasingly polarized society.
FACES OF THE FRONT LINE: PERSONAL STORIES OF THE FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Speakers: Jeremy Dys, Deputy General Counsel*; Latham Watkins, Director of Community Relations, First Liberty Institute*
Synopsis: A report from the front lines of the struggle for religious freedom in America. Hear directly from the people at the center of the court cases that will dramatically impact religious liberty for every citizen. The legal team from First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans, will discuss the best strategy for winning these important cases and others. Meet clients who've taken a courageous stand and learn what each of us can do to protect our religious liberty rights.
HOW TO INFLUENCE THE NATION
Speakers: Gina Gleason, Executive Director, Faith and Public Policy*; John Mendez, Culture Impact Team Coordinator, Family Research Council*
Synopsis: Imagine churches across the nation standing for righteousness in the public square while the parishioners work to promote and defend a biblical worldview in every aspect of daily life! It is critical that the Church once again become the moral compass of our nation. A growing number of churches have established Culture Impact Teams (CIT's) that are working to accomplish this goal. It's biblical--and it's legal--for churches to participate in government and public policy decisions at the local, state, and federal levels in order to influence the culture. At this workshop, you'll learn how you and your church can join the movement to effectively influence our culture. A CIT is usually led by a prayerful lay-leader who is concerned about the future of our country and the impact public policy has on our faith, family, and freedom. This workshop is for anyone interested in starting a CIT as well as those who may already be involved in an existing CIT ministry. Practical ideas to help you start a CIT as well as some of the "nuts and bolts" of producing local voter guides, creating legislative action alerts, and more will be presented.