Julie Bourbon is a contributing writer for NCR. Based in Washington, D.C., she has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years, working for National Jesuit News, The Washington Post, and The Times-Picayune, covering religion, social justice, higher education, and more. 
Bourbon is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and holds a masters in pastoral studies from the Loyola Institute for Ministry and a masters in urban studies from the University of New Orleans. She currently runs her own business, Bourbon Communications, and is also a certified yoga instructor. 
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Religion and the Democratic Party: It's complicated

The final panel of Georgetown's "Faith and the Faithful in U.S. Politics" series revealed that Democratic Party leaders and members have very different agendas regarding religion.

Religious leaders discuss overcoming polarization through dialogue, dispelling fear

What are the roots of our current state of cultural discontent and division? What role can Catholic social teaching play in bringing together a divided nation? A panel discussion about these things was June 3, part of an ongoing series of dialogues on religion and society sponsored by Georgetown University.

Book Review

Economic justice: for Jesus, not just a campaign slogan

Book review: As a thought exercise and as a refresher on Scripture, Gina Messina's Jesus in the White House: Make Humanity Great Again is both enlightening and a little bit humbling.

Reclaiming Jesus event brings its message to the White House

An ebullient church service on May 24 intended to "reclaim the integrity of faith during political and moral crisis" segued into a silent candlelight procession through the capital city's downtown streets before ending in prayer and song about 90 minutes later opposite the White House.