This hour is filled with important news for you. We start with some headlines and then discuss the United States Navy and its policy prohibiting active its service members from attending in-person religious services. We conclude the hour with a crucial conversation with the Department of Health and Human services and the new Compassion In Action guide. Learn about this important tool for faith communities serving people with mental illness and their caregivers.
This hour we are challenged to pray for those serving the Lord through the creative arts and learn why Hollywood is a fertile mission field. We then do a global fly-over as we hear how our Christian brothers and sisters are faring in countries where Christianity is outlawed and we learn how to protect the Persecuted Church.
Kelly Shackelford, Esq., is President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, the largest legal firm in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. He has served in this role since 1997, leading First Liberty’s efforts to defend religious freedom in the courts and in the public arena. Under his leadership, First Liberty’s legal team has participated in cases before the United States Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, federal district courts and various state courts, where they have won more than 90 percent of their cases. Shackelford is a constitutional scholar who has argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified before the U.S. House and Senate, and has won a number of landmark First Amendment and religious liberty cases including a recent watershed, precedent-changing victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. He was recently named one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century by Texas Lawyer and is the recipient of the prestigious William Bentley Ball Award for Life and Religious Freedom Defense for pioneering work protecting religious freedom.
Shannon O. Royce serves as Director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services. The Center was formed in 2001 to ensure that faith-based and community groups were engaged as partners in serving those in need. Shannon’s background includes government and private sector experience. She served as Counsel to Senator Chuck Grassley and most recently as Chief of Staff at the Family Research Council, managing day to day operations to fulfill the FRC mission. As a cancer survivor, Shannon knows what it is like to be a patient coping with a confusing healthcare system. Additionally, her family has been strengthened through their experience with special needs and she has been an advocate for families to have the supports they need to thrive. Shannon received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law.
As Founding Director of Hollywood Prayer Network, Karen speaks and teaches around the country on how people of faith can pray for the people in the entertainment industry. She is also a published co-author of two books: How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out and The Day I Met God. Aside from her leadership at HPN, Karen is Co-Founder and Producer for JC Productions, an independent TV and music production company. She has had extensive experience producing TV specials, documentaries and children's programming. Karen is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a founding member of PREMISE, and a board member of the Biola University Entertainment Task Force. She is a graduate of USC with a BA in Producing.
Todd Nettleton is director of media development for The Voice of the Martyrs, working with the media to tell the stories of persecuted Christians to people in the United States. In his role with VOM, he has met with Christians who face persecution in many countries, including Sudan, China, Egypt, Turkey, Vietnam, Pakistan, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma) and Azerbaijan.