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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (As of 09-18-19)
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
ADVANCE YOUR VALUES -- VALUES VOTER SUMMIT ACTIVIST TRAINING Sponsored by Leadership Institute and FRC Action (ticketed event) - Ambassador Ballroom
Learn how to change the world - starting in your own town. After completing this three-hour workshop, you will be able to speak persuasively to your community and legislators to spread support for your values. In this interactive set of presentations, you will learn a) how to message your Judeo-Christian values in a secular world; b) how to rally others to support those values; and c) five steps to promote those values at city hall. This workshop is an FRC Action and Leadership Institute partnership to equip you to spread support for your conservative values.
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
EXHIBITS OPEN - Omni Shoreham Exhibit Hall
3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
EVENT REGISTRATION OPEN - West Registration Area
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
ADVANCE YOUR VALUES -- VALUES VOTER SUMMIT ACTIVIST TRAINING RECEPTION (ticketed event for Activist Training Attendees only) -- Birdcage Walk
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Movie Screening (to be determined)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
REGISTRATION - West Registration Area
7:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (on your own) OR
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY BREAKFAST (ticketed event) -- Diplomat Room
Education: The Battle for the Mind of America; Dr. Mark Smith, President, Columbia International University*
Dr. Smith will address trends and concerns that are developing in education and challenge each participant to get involved in this crucial battle for America. This generation can still be saved.
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
EXHIBITS OPEN - Exhibit Hall
8:45 a.m. - Noon
OPENING CEREMONIES AND MORNING PLENARY SESSION--Regency Ballroom
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) OR
AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON (ticketed event)--Diplomat Room
Advancing Religious Liberty in a LGBT World; Benjamin Bull, Esq., VP for Governmental Affairs, AFA*
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION - Regency Ballroom
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Book Signings - Exhibit Hall
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
DINNER (on your own) OR
FRC ACTION DINNER (ticketed event) -- Diplomat Room
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, North Carolina, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate; Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Chairman, House Freedom Caucus; Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action*
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
STUDENT MIXER - Palladian Room
7:15 - 9:15 p.m.
EVENING PLENARY SESSION -- Regency Ballroom
9:30 - 9:50 p.m.
Book Signings - Exhibit Hall
9:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Complimentary Movie Screening (to be determined)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
EVENT REGISTRATION - West Registration Area
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast (on your own) OR
TIMOTHY PLAN BREAKFAST (ticketed event) -- Diplomat Room
Today's Financial Issues; Dan Celia, CEO and President, Financial Issues Media Ministry and Financial Issues Radio Show*
Gain insight on today's financial issues from nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dan Celia. Learn about our present challenges in the market place, national economy as well as the impact of our political environment. Financial Issues Media Ministry exists to motivate God's people to be good stewards and biblically responsible in all that has been entrusted to them.
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
EXHIBITS OPEN -- Exhibit Hall
8:30 - 8:50 a.m.
MORNING WORSHIP -- Regency Ballroom
8:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
MORNING PLENARY SESSION -- Regency Ballroom
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
JOB FAIR MEET AND GREET -- Exhibit Hall
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Book Signings -- Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) OR
AMERICAN VALUES LUNCHEON (ticketed event)--Diplomat Room
Gary Bauer, President, American Values*
3:00 - 5:15 p.m.
ENGAGING MILLENNIALS ON SOCIALISM, GUN RIGHTS, AND SANCTITY OF LIFE
Wesley Wildmon, Vice President of Outreach, AFA*
The evidence shows overwhelmingly that stripping away gun rights leads to an increase in violent crimes. The evidence also shows that socialism leads to an increase in preventable harm to people under its rule, like starvation and decline in healthcare. It's ironic because many millennials are very pro-life and value life at all phases. We know guns save far more lives than are taken, and socialism leads to harming the people under its rule. Together we will look at how we can engage the millennials on the issues of socialism and gun rights using our common ground on pro-life.
HOW CONSERVATIVES CAN WIN IN 2020
Speakers: Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance, Family Research Council*; Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, JCN; Best-Selling Co-Author, Justice on Trial*
From the Green New Deal to infanticide, from calls for outright Socialism to judges who will uphold the Constitution, the political conversation has taken sharp new turns in 2019. The Democrats now controlling the House of Representatives and the numerous Democratic presidential candidates are vocalizing their new ideas for America's future. On the other side, President Trump continues to hold the line on a number of important conservative policies and the Republican Senate continues to confirm judges that respect the Constitution -- one of the decisive issues in the 2016 election. The battle of ideas is playing out in the brightest of colors in the state legislatures as well. What will the key issues be in the 2020 election? How can conservatives create winning messages to impact the elections -- from the presidential race all the way down to state level races? Join us to learn more.
This panel and discussion are sponsored by FRC Action.
THE PROGRESSIVE ASSAULT ON (CHRISTIAN) FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE
Richard Harris, General Counsel, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Executive Director, Truth and Liberty Coalition*
It was unthinkable just a few years ago that Christians could be persecuted by the government in the United States of America for observing orthodox elements of their religion. Yet, this is exactly what is beginning to happen in this, the "land of the free." Florists, photographers and bakers are being fined for refusing to facilitate in homosexual weddings. Preachers are arrested for proclaiming the gospel in Muslim neighborhoods. States and cities are banning travel to other jurisdictions inside the USA because of laws -- rooted in the Judeo-Christian view of human life -- that protect the unborn. This modern-day fight for freedom of conscience is only just beginning. It has begun to lay bare the irreconcilable conflict between the Judeo-Christian worldview and the post-modern dogma of moral relativism. In this breakout session, Richard Harris will address historical, spiritual and cultural dynamics and consequences of this only nascent battle, as well as the critical imperative for lovers of truth to articulate the defense of the First of our Freedoms.
SPEECH, SEX, AND SILENCED PARENTS: THE DARKENING LANDSCAPE OF AMERICAN EDUCATION
Speakers: Lydia Gutierrez, NEA Insider*; Maria Keffler, Arlington Parents Coalition*; Nicole Neily, Speech First Foundation; Former Executive Director, Independent Women's Forum*; Sarah Perry (Moderator), FRC Director of Partnerships and Coalitions, Substitute Host: "Washington Watch"*; Cathy Ruse, FRC Senior Fellow for Legal Studies and Director of Human Dignity*
Synopsis: Join experts in law, policy, and parental activism for a critical round-table discussion on issues impacting modern education. Topics include: (1) free speech and censorship in higher education, (2) sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) initiatives and their impact on curriculum and school administration, and (3) parental rights, coalition building, and strategies for push back.
TWO PATHS TO BECOMING A YOUNG CONSERVATIVE INFLUENCER
Speakers: Hannah Fritz, Former White House Associate, Now Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor; Daniel Heffington (Moderator), Communications Director, Generation Joshua*; Andrew Mullins, Senior Ads Strategist, Direct Persuasion*; Jenna Ellis Rives, Centennial Institute Fellow, Constitutional Law Attorney, Contributor for the Washington Examiner, The Federalist, Daily Wire, Author*
Synopsis: Generation Joshua staff will host a discussion on how to become a leading voice in the conservative movement and on the types of tone and approach that are lacking in today's conversation. Are we content with "DESTROYING leftist students" or "OWNING the libs" for views and followers, or are we truly committed to building bridges, paving the way, and winning hearts and minds to principles of truth, freedom, and justice for all? With the help of notable guests and leading voices in the young conservative movement, attendees will be inspired to use their voices and build a platform, while simultaneously being challenged to contribute to the national dialogue in a way that doesn't simply equal "preaching to the choir" or burning their adversaries in effigy.
A BOLD OFFENSIVE
Speakers: Todd Chasteen, Vice President for Publi c Policy and General Counsel, Samaritan's Purse*; Edward Graham, Son of Franklin Graham, Former Army Major, Now Serving with Leadership at Samaritan's Purse*; Luther Harrison, Vice President for North American Ministries, Samaritan's Purse*; Ken Isaacs, Vice President for Programs and Government Relations, Samaritan's Purse*; and Randy Riddle, Senior Director for Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan's Purse*
Synopsis: As American society continues to endure an unprecedented assault on Biblical values, Christians must stand firm on the unchanging Truth of God's Word and be active in the public square. This includes supporting Christians who are persecuted for making principled stands on "controversial" issues such as gay marriage and abortion and strengthening local churches to be beacons of hope in their communities. The international relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse is working throughout the United States and around the world to advance the cause of the Gospel, support Christians who have been persecuted for their faith, and bring desperately needed relief to victims of disaster and those living in the midst of war, disease, and extreme poverty. As Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham says, "We don't run away from the fire; we run into it." Learn more about how the organization is engaging in the fight for Biblical values by partnering with local believers and churches in the United States and worldwide in Jesus' Name.
CHRISTIANS AND THE JEWISH STATE: WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD SUPPORT ISRAEL
Speakers: Victor Styrsky, National Outreach Director and Eastern Regional Coordinator, Christians United for Israel; Author, Honest to God -- The 10 Questions Jews Ask Christian Zionists, and Jews, Gentiles and the Mystery of Redemption*
Synopsis: Fifty-seven nations are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Eighteen nations recognize some denomination of Christianity as their official state religion. But there is only one "Jewish" state in the entire world. Israel is an important ally of the United States in a strategically important part of the world. Christians should support Israel because God is clear that He will bless those who bless Israel. Moreover, attempts by Islamic supremacists and Palestinian apologists to deny the historic Jewish connection to the land of Israel are also denying Christianity because without Judaism, there would be no Christianity.
THE LEFT'S ATTACK ON THE JUDICIARY
Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network*; Jenny Beth Martin, Honorary Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Action*
Other Speakers to be Announced
Conservatives - and anyone else who believes judges should have the freedom to be fair and independent - face a growing, formidable reality in the aftermath of the brutal confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh: the left has launched an unprecedented, well-funded attack on the judiciary. From the ongoing media campaign to demonize Justice Kavanaugh to public threats issued to the Supreme Court by Democratic Senators, to court-packing proposals floated by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, we have never seen anything like this before. The message to judges is as unmistakable as it is menacing: either rule according to the liberal policy agenda or face personal destruction. Even though the recent rollout of an anti-Kavanaugh book authored by two New York Times reporters fell on its face, this attack won't let up. How should conservatives fight this new front, through 2020 and beyond.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
PRIVATE RECEPTION (Ticketed Event) - Diplomat Room
7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM GALA DINNER / PRESENTATION OF VISION & LEADERSHIP AWARD HONORING PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON WITH THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP AWARD (ticketed event)--Regency Ballroom (black-tie optional)
Speaker -- Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-Large, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
WORSHIP SERVICE - Palladian Room
led by Jeremy and Kim Sorensen, Recording Artists, Worship Leaders, Uniontown Bible Church, Union Bridge, Md.*
Sermon: Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action and FRC*