Fr. James Martin on the Need to Protect Refugee and LGBT Lives

Fr. James Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor at large at America. A prominent figure on social media, Fr. Martin can frequently be found on various platforms defending the life and dignity of all people, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable. He is the author of many popular books, including his latest, Learning to Pray, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey With the Refugees of East Africa, and Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.

In this episode, he discusses the threats faced by members of the LGBT community and why this constitutes a life issue, the seamless garment, the plight of refugees and his time in East Africa, the culture of vitriol on social media (and beyond), and the different approaches taken by Pope Francis and the US Catholic Bishops on life issues. Co-hosts Kristen Day and Millennial editor Robert Christian discuss the War in Ukraine, a recent Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty and religious liberty, and pro-life efforts at the state level, while offering their responses to the question of the month: how did you become a pro-life Democrat?

This episode can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and below. You can support the show here: https://dflaef.givecloud.co/product/49FCC0C/whole-life-rising-podcast


Can Encounter and Solidarity Overcome Divisions and Despair?

Marcus Mescher, a writer for Millennial since its inception, is an associate professor of Christian ethics at Xavier University. He is the author of The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity (Orbis, 2020). He has also written for numerous academic journals and popular periodicals, including America Magazine and National Catholic Reporter. In this episode, he discusses “the divided states of America”, partisanship, rising levels of isolation and despair, Pope Francis, the globalization of indifference, and more. Co-hosts Kristen Day and Millennial editor Robert Christian discuss abortion and the class divide, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the March for Life, the common good, and support for pregnant women.

This episode can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and below. You can support the show here: https://support.democratsforlife.org/product/2EFF09A/whole-life-rising


Chris Butler’s Vision for Delivering Real Results for Regular People and Our Communities

Chris Butler, a Chicago native and Christian pastor, has worked in community and political organizing, helped to launch the AND campaign, and is a published author and podcaster.  He is currently running for Congress in the Democratic primary in Illinois’ 1st District. In this episode, he describes why he is running for Congress, his vision for the Democratic Party, ways we can strengthen our democracy, how Christians should approach politics and engage with secular voters, and more.

Co-hosts Kristen Day and Robert Christian discuss the expanded child tax credit and its potential impact, the latest with the Hyde Amendment, whole life victories in Louisiana, and the Whole Life Revolution conference. They also discuss this month’s question of the month: If you’re a feminist, don’t you have to be pro-choice?

This episode can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and below. You can support the show here: https://support.democratsforlife.org/product/2EFF09A/whole-life-rising


How Racism Degrades and Denies the True Nature of the Human Person

Gloria Purvis is the host of The Gloria Purvis Podcast, produced in collaboration with America Media. A radio and media personality, she has appeared in various media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, PBS Newshour, and EWTN News Nightly. She previously hosted Morning Glory, an international radio show. In this episode, she describes her commitment to upholding the dignity of every person, the faith that inspires that commitment, systemic racism, the response of pro-lifers to persistent racial injustice, and her new podcast.

Co-hosts Kristen Day and Robert Christian discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case that centers on a Mississippi law that would prohibit most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, new voter suppression laws and efforts to strengthen democracy and secure voting rights, recent events on the Hyde Amendment, and a letter to Congress on paid leave and sick days, accommodations for pregnant workers, and efforts to reduce inequity and improve infant and maternal health. They also discuss this month’s question of the month: Are we looking at the end of the Hyde Amendment?

This episode can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and below. You can support the show here: https://support.democratsforlife.org/product/2EFF09A/whole-life-rising


Why Democrats Should Care About ‘Pope Francis Voters’

Michael Sean Winters is an award-winning columnist at the National Catholic Reporter, where he often writes about the intersection of faith and politics. He is also the author of Left At the Altar: How Democrats Lost The Catholics And How Catholics Can Save The Democrats. In this episode, he talks about the 2020 and 2022 elections, the state of the parties, “Pope Francis voters”, the role of money in politics, and the Biden administration.

Co-hosts Kristen Day and Millennial editor Robert Christian discuss the recent passage of the COVID-relief package, the possibility of an increase in the minimum wage, and upcoming whole life events, along with the question of the month: “Should we care what men think about abortion?”

It can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and below. You can support the show here: https://support.democratsforlife.org/product/2EFF09A/whole-life-rising


How to Build a Culture That Respects the Dignity of All People

Jeannie Gaffigan is a writer, director, producer, best-selling author, and philanthropist—as well as a great champion of life, human dignity, and protecting the vulnerable. In this episode, she discusses her decision to endorse Joe Biden, how whole life Biden voters should approach his presidency, her experience as a mother of five children, her time working on the Jim Gaffigan Show, and her book “When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People” on her experience with a pear-sized brain tumor.

Co-hosts Kristen Day and Robert Christian discuss the opportunities and challenges whole life advocates may face with Joe Biden in office, reflect upon the insurrectionist attack on the Capitol, and look at how whole life candidates performed in the 2020 elections.

It can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and below. You can support the show here: support.democratsforlife.org/product/2E…ife-rising


Why Defending Human Dignity Requires a Whole Life Approach, Racial Justice, and Secure Voting Rights

Justin Giboney, an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA, is the co-founder and president of the AND Campaign. In the debut episode of the Whole Life Rising podcast, a new podcast from Millennial and Democrats for Life of America, he discusses the AND Campaign and its Whole Life Project, efforts to advance racial justice, the importance of democracy and voting rights, how religious and secular political activists can work together to protect human dignity, and more with co-hosts Kristen Day and Robert Christian. He also discusses his new book, Compassion (&) Conviction.

Day and Christian cover the latest news affecting the whole life movement, answer the question of the month (How can you remain a Democrat when you are pro-life?), and discuss the upcoming elections.

It can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and below. You can support the show here: https://support.democratsforlife.org/product/2EFF09A/whole-life-rising