Barbara J. Elliott

About Barbara J. Elliott

Barbara J. Elliott is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. She is the President of the Center for Cultural Renewal and Scholar-in-Residence and Assistant Professor 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. As an American journalist based in Germany during the Cold War, she interviewed many people who risked their freedom and their lives to resist Communism.

Catholic Imagination and Contemporary Culture

By |2019-11-14T15:44:54-06:00March 2nd, 2012|Categories: Audio/Video, Barbara J. Elliott, Catholicism, Culture, Moral Imagination|

Barbara Elliott's Presentation on Catholic Imagination and Contemporary Culture to the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. Enjoy. DSPT Fellow - Barbara Elliott's Presentation on Catholic Imagination and Contemporary Culture from DSPT on Vimeo. Books mentioned in this essay may be found in The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore.  We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community. The [...]

Beautiful Brilliance: Barbara Elliott on Mike Church

By |2017-06-27T16:13:27-05:00March 23rd, 2011|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Mike Church|

The ever elegant and thoughtful Barbara Elliott (yes, OUR Barbara) was on the Mike Church show today. Congrats to Barbara for sharing her always inspiring insights on the nature of American character and community, and congrats to Mike Church for having such good taste in his choice of guests. Click here for the interview [...]

Renewing America’s Soul: Part IV of Faith and Civil Society

By |2019-11-26T12:29:03-06:00March 7th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Barbara J. Elliott, Christianity, Civil Society, Compassion, Faith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Religion, Virtue|Tags: |

When did the conversation of conservatives in America shift predominantly to the realm of politics, to the exclusion of virtually everything else? What was once a rich philosophy of ideas imbedded in imaginative literature, philosophy, history and theology has thinned out to a one-note samba played on a political tin drum. Both political parties have [...]

Faith, Civil Society, and the American Founding

By |2019-04-16T16:04:16-05:00February 20th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Barbara J. Elliott, Community, Religion|

When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in the 1830s, he marveled at the faith that motivated civic life. He wrote, “For the Americans the ideas of Christianity and liberty are so completely mingled that it is almost impossible to get them to conceive of the one without the other.” [1] He was dazzled by the [...]

Faith and the American Founding

By |2019-11-27T14:06:19-06:00February 17th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Barbara J. Elliott, Freedom of Religion, Religion|

An increasingly heated debate is taking place in America to redefine the role of faith in the public square. Faith has been a part of the American experience since the earliest days of the founding. As the nation now considers the relationship of the sacred and the secular, it may be helpful to reconsider our [...]

Remembering Reagan’s Compassion

By |2017-06-20T13:14:47-05:00September 18th, 2010|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Charity, Politics|

For the past 15 years, I have been involved with philanthropy in America—as a philanthropic advisor to donors, as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit leader, and advisor to leaders of faith-based organizations that serve the homeless, prisoners, recovering addicts, and at-risk children. I also collaborated with the efforts of the Bush Administration’s Faith-Based Initiative. [...]

Review of Arthur C. Brooks’ “Who Really Cares”

By |2019-05-02T13:16:42-05:00September 13th, 2010|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Books, Charity|

Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism America’s Charity Divide – Who Gives, Who Doesn’t, and Why it Matters, by Arthur C. Brooks We live in two Americas: “America the Selfish” and “America the Charitable,” according to Arthur Brooks. If one maps these two Americas, their boundaries align closely to the political [...]

What Must Leaders Know to Wield the “Five Swords of Imagination”?

By |2017-06-16T11:28:34-05:00August 12th, 2010|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Books, Russell Kirk|

  Kudos to Gleaves Whitney for the insightful and well-crafted article on Dr. Kirk’s book The Sword of Imagination. This piece and the book on which it is based are a tonic for anyone concerned about redeeming the time. Contemporary myopia limits vision to merely the political as the only serious realm capable of [...]

The Power of Beauty

By |2019-09-03T18:31:32-05:00August 6th, 2010|Categories: Art, Barbara J. Elliott, Beauty, Culture, Permanent Things, T.S. Eliot|

T.S. Eliot’s quotation on beauty gladdened my soul. The past several days I have had the opportunity to pull back from my otherwise consuming activities serving at-risk inner city teenagers, recovering drug addicts, prisoners transitioning into employment, nonprofit management, and the inexorable necessities of fund raising, to focus on something altogether different: Beauty. In [...]

The Difference Between Fellow Travelers and Friends

By |2017-06-09T14:57:46-05:00July 15th, 2010|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Politics, Traditional Conservatives and Libertarians|

As someone who had libertarianism poured into my morning milk as a child, I am in some ways still “in recovery.” However, I have lived a long time the American conservative movement, as it grew from obscurity into an intellectual movement, then into a national political triumph, and then as it squandered much of [...]

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