Honored with a Ford Foundation Freedom of Expression grant, we have launched the Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse and Democracy in the Public Square: Advancing the Positive Role of Faith Leaders in America project. The project seeks to heighten the awareness that the language of a “wall” separating church and state does not reflect the historical ways Americans use their faith as citizens. Our hope is to provide a framework for illuminating the roles religion and religious leaders play as primary civic actors – not simply as defenders of the faith, but as civics educators promoting civic engagement and involvement in American political life and policy-making. A key element of this project includes convening thoughtful and influential religious leaders and thinkers from across the religious and political spectrum to serve in a critical advisory role. We look to this group to reflect on ways that, within each faith tradition, pluralist democratic values and civic engagement could be taught.

Special Note:
Please note that we invite you to be observers during the sessions you plan to attend. The purpose of this seminar is to convene some of the foremost faith leaders in the Unites States and have them serve as critical advisors throughout this project. The conference will involve several interactive workshops, but we ask that our guests observe only.

Please select the session(s) for which you would like to RSVP.
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 10:00am-11:30am
Welcome and Jumping Right in.
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 11:00am-12:30pm
Theoretical Underpinnings of This Project
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 1:30pm-3:15pm
What We Know and What We Suspect: Sharing a Core of Knowledge
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 3:30pm-4:15pm
An Alternative Voice: Do We Teach "Speak Truth to Power?"
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 4:15pm-5:45pm
Survey Questions: What We Want to Ask
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 10:00am-12:00am
The Language We Use
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Developing a Toolkit and Models for Training Seminarians: World Café
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Reviewing Next Steps and Challenges: Wrap Up
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map