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Elements of Civitas

Civitas Fellows will attend lunch/dinner meetings every two weeks for the four-month duration of the program.

  • Dinner will be provided at each meeting. 
  • Each meeting will be structured as an hour-long seminar-style discussion.
  • The topics of discussion will be based on supplementary readings Fellows receive from Civitas. These readings familiarize students with the works of Kuyper, Mouw, Skillen, and other scholars examining Christian civic presence. 
  • The readings are designed to equip Fellows to engage in discussion with each other about their own reflections, questions, conclusions, and applications of the ideas presented through Civitas.
  • Civitas Fellows will apply their learning through practical workshops and exercises that directly relate to their roles as Staff Assistants and Legislative Correspondents.


The second cohort of Civitas will hold its first meeting on Thursday, September 7 at 7:00pm. Location TBD, somewhere in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The complete list of meeting dates for Civitas, Fall 2023, are as follows: 

  • Thursday, September 7 – Session 1: Christian Public Service: A Principled Pluralist Approach 
  • Thursday, September 21 – Session 2: Biblical Perspectives on the Nature and Limits of Government (What Should Government Do or Not Do?) 
  • Thursday, October 5 – Session 3: The Vast, Other Part of Our Lives: Civil Society 
  • Thursday, October 19 – Session 4: Virtues and Skills for Hill Staff in Light of Our Call to Public Service 
  • Thursday, November 2 – Session 5: Institutional Religious Freedom 
  • Thursday, November 16 – Session 6: Politics & Idolatry 
  • Thursday, November 30 – Session 7: Working Within a Party While Retaining Christian Independence 
  • Thursday, December 14 – Session 8: Working Together for the Common Good Despite Partisan and Confessional Differences

Civitas Fall 2023 will hold its first meeting on Thursday, September 7th. Look out for updates on CPJ’s social media!

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