Barbara J. Elliott

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.

Faith and the American Founding

By |2019-03-11T15:12:35-05:00February 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 [...]