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During the course of this one-day seminar, we will seek to articulate what the foundations for a free and virtuous society are. We will then connect the core principles that make up this foundation to how we can address poverty in a way that emphasizes the creative capacity and inherent dignity of the human person.

The seminar will include lectures, discussion, fellowship, and the viewing of two episodes from the Acton Institute’s PovertyCure video series. Please join us!


Bryan T. McGraw, Ph.D.

Bryan McGraw

Bryan T. McGraw is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Georgia, Notre Dame University, and Pepperdine University.  His first book, Faith in Politics: Religion and Liberal Democracy, was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press.  He is the co-editor of Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought and has published work in Perspectives on Political Science, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, Political Studies, and several other places. His research interests focus on the intersection between religion and liberal political thought, Christian political thought, just war theory, and other topics too many and varied to be healthy.  He teaches regularly classes on classical and medieval political thought, modern political thought, church and state, political ethics, and film and political theory.  His wife, Martha, is a neurologist at Central DuPage Hospital and they have three children.

Dan Churchwell, M.A.

Dan Churchwell, M.A.

Dan Churchwell is the Assistant Director of Program Outreach for the Acton Institute. Prior to Acton, Churchwell was an instructor and administrator at MBI-Spokane, teaching courses in philosophy, apologetics, and philosophy of education. He also directed the office of Field Education, working closely with student volunteers as they served both locally and internationally. Before coming to Moody, he taught for three years in the School of Global Commerce and Management at Whitworth University, teaching courses in business, social ethics, and non-profit management. Dan also has extensive experience in a Fortune 100 logistics company, a commercial real estate investment firm, as executive director of an international medical non-profit. He holds an M.A. from Central Seminary and also has further graduate study in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.


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Mosaic Church
606 W. 3rd Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
United States


We will be begin at 9am and conclude at 4:30pm. A full schedule will be provided to registered participants closer to the event date.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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