Barbara J. Elliott

About Barbara J. Elliott

Barbara J. Elliott is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. She is the President of the Center for Cultural Renewal and Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts in the Honors College of Houston Baptist University. She is the founder of the WorkFaith Connection, which transitions people from prison, homelessness, and unemployment into a new job and a new life. She is the author of five books, including Street Saints: Renewing America’s Cities. She received the Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from the President of the United States in 2001.

John With Jesus: From Passover to the Garden of Gethsemane

By |2019-04-19T02:24:54-05:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Catholicism, Christianity, Gospel Reflection, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Barbara Elliott, as she portrays the events of the Last Supper to Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane from the perspective of the Apostle John. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher I went with Peter to make the arrangements for [...]

Russell Kirk, Sage of Piety Hill: Planting Seeds for Generations to Come

By |2018-10-19T10:10:56-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Conservatism, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|

Russell and Annette Kirk with the author Driving across the snowy landscape of Michigan the day after Christmas in 1973, I was somewhat apprehensive. I had been invited to take part in the first seminar of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in the ancestral home of Dr. Russell Kirk at Piety Hill. We were [...]

The Divine Conspiracy of Dallas Willard

By |2018-10-11T16:05:15-05:00September 30th, 2018|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Books, Christianity, Faith, Philosophy, Timeless Essays|

Authentic discipleship transforms all aspects of life, every day, at work, at home, in all relationships. My discipleship to Jesus is, within clearly definable limits, not a matter of what I do, but of how I do it. Brother Lawrence, who was a kitchen worker and cook, remarks, “Our sanctification does not depend upon changing [...]

Houston’s Heart and Harvey’s Heroes

By |2017-10-11T15:26:52-05:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Community, Compassion, Religion|

The floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey washed away the dividing lines of race, religion, and class, revealing character and the basic decency at the core of what it means to be human. What makes Houston’s heart beat most truly is faith in God… Hurricane Harvey revealed the huge heart of Houston through the biggest natural [...]

When Mother Teresa Came to Washington

By |2016-10-10T14:25:07-05:00September 6th, 2016|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Featured, Politics, Ronald Reagan, Sainthood, Virtue|

It was utterly ludicrous, stepping out of a chauffeured White House limousine to go hear Mother Teresa. Even then I recognized that, as a twenty-something working at the locus of political power. Her simple sari and sandals were incongruous among the tailored suits and silk ties of the people who styled themselves as Masters [...]

Hip-Hop Hamilton

By |2016-09-02T11:21:26-05:00July 27th, 2016|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, Barbara J. Elliott, Featured, Music|

The musical Hamilton is star-spangled patriotic and worthy of attention, even though hip-hop may not be the favorite musical genre of most Imaginative Conservatives. Why? Intelligence finds the answer to a question, but genius answers a question no one else has thought to ask. The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda leapt across three centuries to [...]

Conservative Credo

By |2015-10-21T08:33:03-05:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Conservatism, Featured, Love, Timeless Essays, Truth|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Barbara J. Elliott as she examines the True, the Good, and the Beautiful in her conservative credo. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) Conservatism seeks the Truth that has emerged over time, drawing from the deep wellsprings of human experience, and builds anew on [...]

Why Did the Berlin Wall Fall?

By |2018-09-27T17:49:40-05:00November 9th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Barbara J. Elliott, Communism, Europe, Poland, Russia|

The Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain seemed to be permanent fixtures of the political landscape of Europe after 1961. But to everyone’s surprise, the Berlin Wall opened on November 9, 1989. This stunning event triggered a chain reaction throughout Eastern Europe, accelerating a process that had begun a decade earlier. Using a little [...]

What is Happiness? Pharrell Williams vs Aristotle

By |2015-05-19T23:13:34-05:00June 18th, 2014|Categories: Aristotle, Barbara J. Elliott, Classics, Culture, Happiness, Music|

The song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has gone viral, topping the charts in the United States and twenty-two other countries. It was nominated as Best Original Song for the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, nudged out only by “Let it Go” from Frozen. After Mr. Williams released a twenty-four hour version of “Happy” [...]

Want Affordable Health Care? Try These Tantalizing Options

By |2013-11-01T03:21:55-05:00October 29th, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Politics|

After changing health insurance providers and having difficulty getting prescriptions filled, I was getting testy. Very testy. Then I read that the new national insurance program would be released on 35 floppy discs, and that did it. I knew there was no help coming from Washington any time soon. In a slow burn that [...]

Germans Seize Homeschoolers in Outrageous Raid

By |2013-12-19T13:49:43-05:00September 4th, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Education, Family, Homeschooling|

Dirk and Petra Wunderlich and their four children,in 2012 with Mike Farris of the Home SchoolLegal Defense Association At 8 a.m. on August 29, as Dirk and Petra Wunderlich began the day’s homseschooling classes with their four children, a team of twenty armed special agents, social workers, and police with a battering [...]

Celestial Courtroom: America at the Judgment of the Nations

By |2018-10-05T10:38:48-05:00July 10th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Barbara J. Elliott, Featured, Fiction, Secularism|

[Classified Top Secret, Embargo on Distribution] Through unnamed sources involved in the proceedings, these notes were smuggled out of the Celestial Courtroom, where the ongoing evaluation of the Nations takes place in Committee Hearings in preparation for the Final Judgment. St. Peter was the presiding Chairman, Senator Screwtape the first witness. St. Peter: We [...]