Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Interfaith Funders, & PACE present…

Faith in Politics

Faith-based Initiatives in Civic Engagement

Monday, September 14th, 3-4:00pm ET/ 12-1:00pm PT

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Call Organizer & Moderator:

Geri Mannion, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Speakers:

Jim Wallis, Sojourners [bio]
Jennifer Butler, Faith and Public Life [bio]
Vicki Kovari, Catholic Alliance for the Common Good

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The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey found that close to 80 percent of the U.S. adult population self-identified either as Christian (76.0%) or another religion (3.9%). Recent polling of young Catholics and evangelicals also reveal major shifts in this significant demographic. Evangelicals, for example, have, in general, broadened their agenda to include the environment, health care and immigration reform, as well as campaigns to end poverty and torture. It comes as little surprise then that organizations from across the political spectrum continue and arguably are increasingly organizing and mobilizing Americans through the faith-based communities to which they belong. Clear evidence of this can be found in the campaign strategies and nonpartisan voter engagement efforts of last year’s presidential elections, and, today, in the major policy debates facing our country, namely health care and comprehensive immigration reform.

In particular, progressive faith organizations are implementing new strategies to take advantage of the current window of opportunity to mobilize faith communities around major national issues. Sojourners, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Faith in Public Life, for example, have begun to combine grassroots organizing, partnerships with community organizing groups, the exploration of direct voter contact tools (including an effort to model religiosity for the Catalist voter file) and sophisticated media outreach. These efforts can have a significant impact in moving public opinion on these important issues, particularly in states where religion and values play a more prominent role in shaping public debates.

On Monday, September14th, join the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Interfaith Funders and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement for a phone briefing exploring the intersection and overlap of faith and civic participation, including new polling results, issue based advocacy efforts, and the future of faith based civic engagement in this country.

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