Pastor Dan Burrell from Life Fellowship Church invited ERI President Josh Brahm to be interviewed for a four-episode series on pro-life dialogue for their podcast, LifeTalks. This is the first episode in that series, where they discuss ERI’s dialogue style and how it contrasts with the way many pro-life advocates talk about abortion.
- 2:20: What made you decide to try a different approach to this issue than many had before?
- 7:03: What arguments and dialogue techniques do not work? What is it that we often do that doesn’t change minds?
- 10:06: What works more frequently than some of the other things?
- 14:45: How do you get into these conversations?
- 16:50: I hear a lot of questions in your approach. People often start with declarative statements. Why do questions work better?
- 18:41: People on both sides of this issue tend to talk about extreme cases like rape or sex-selection abortions. How do we keep the conversation focused on core principles?
Are you pro-life? Then your social media timeline has probably been filled with angry pro-choice posts and memes lately. Do you sometimes wonder how best to respond to the arguments in these statuses? Then this webinar is for you!
Josh Brahm and Rachel Crawford from Equal Rights Institute will go through some of the most popular pro-choice memes and systematically refute them, showing you the most important points to make about each if you’re discussing them with someone who is pro-abortion-choice. They will also offer some practical tips for debating pro-choice people online in this moment in history when pro-choice people are more afraid of Roe v Wade being overturned and angry at pro-life people than ever before.
Afterward, they will respond to YOUR questions and offer a special discount for the Equipped for Life Course!
Registration required to get access to the live webinar and the replay: SAVE YOUR SEAT
Published May 9, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the resignation of Timothy Brahm as Director of Training, which became effective on May 3rd, 2019. Tim feels that God is leading him somewhere else, and we wish him the very best. We temporarily delayed making this announcement more public (i.e. an email blast, Facebook post, etc.) to give Tim time to personally inform his supporters.
Having co-founded ERI with me, Tim did amazing and breakthrough things for the pro-life movement, and Tim was integral to the successes ERI shared. Tim is leaving ERI, but everyone agrees that his imprint won’t leave the organization. Tim should be proud of what he accomplished at ERI. He co-founded a great pro-life organization with some of the best pro-life writing and philosophical work in the entire movement, and none of that goes away just because he’s not working in the office. Even the ideas that Tim was still in process on with the rest of our Philosophy Team are things that will continue to be developed.
On behalf of myself, our board, and our staff, I wish Tim the very best in his new endeavors.
Josh Brahm (left) and Timothy Brahm (right)
While Tim’s contributions will be missed, ERI will continue to be a strong organization for the future. From a desire to develop a strong team of philosophers several years ago, diversifying the group by hiring Rachel Crawford and Andrew Kaake are two of the best decisions we’ve made since we launched ERI. They are ridiculously smart and will continue to see problems and work on solutions in the same way we always have. If you love the philosophical work we do, none of that is going away. Rachel Crawford is taking over leadership of the Philosophy Team, and it’s been incredible to see her rise to the challenge.
I greatly look forward to seeing how God continues to work through this organization as we grow our staff and expand our projects. Our current focus is on completing the sidewalk counseling course, using our new video studio to expand the Equipped for Life Course and create great YouTube videos, and relaunch the Equipped for Life Podcast.
President and Co-Founder
For the first time since we started ERI, our general fund account is getting critically low, to the point that we are one or two payroll cycles away from draining it unless we can get things turned around. So I’m refocusing a lot more of my energy toward fundraising temporarily to get us out of this crisis. I’d like to ask you to prayerfully consider making a generous one-time or recurring donation to make our work possible.
We’re getting the video/podcast studio (that’s already paid for) set up really soon, and we’re already preparing videos and podcasts to record, as well as putting the finishing touches on the sidewalk counseling course. We’re really well set up to make a bigger impact on the pro-life movement than ever before.
I feel like I did when we first launched. I can see a bright future ahead of us with the projects that only our team is set up to accomplish, but there’s this canyon between us and the other side. We need your help building the bridge to get us there.
If you and/or your spouse wanted to jump on the phone or a video call to ask me any questions about the ministry and where we’re headed, I’d be happy to schedule that. Email me and let me know that you’re interested and it’ll go straight to me.
If you’re ready to financially partner with us now, the donation link and PO box number (if you prefer sending checks) is at https://EqualRightsInstitute.com/Donate.
If you’re a recurring donor, thank you so much! And if you are willing and able to increase your monthly donation, please let me know. We can easily take care of that on our end with our donation software.
God bless you all!
When we first launched the course in the Fall of 2016 we decided to format it as an annual membership because we wanted to best serve our main demographic: pro-life student club leaders who want to train their new incoming students every year. After asking for feedback from course members, we have decided to shift our subscription model to better accommodate the needs of pro-life advocates who are not associated with any particular group, but are just as excited to go through our curriculum. We also want to encourage those college students who began the course with a group to stay involved in the movement after graduation by keeping their membership active. For these reasons, I am excited to tell you that the Equipped for Life Course will now use a permanent membership model!
This means that anyone who has ever purchased a subscription in the past will have their membership switched over to permanent active status. Anyone who purchases the course going forward will also have permanent access! Whether you buy the course alone or as part of a group package, no memberships will ever expire. I am happy that we are able to change the format for course members in this way because I think it will better serve the needs of pro-life advocates. Ultimately, that is what is most important to our organization!
We will be implementing these changes over the next few weeks on the backend of the website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Support@EqualRightsInstitute.com.
If would like more information or would like to purchase the course, go to EquippedCourse.com.