ADVISORY: From the Pulpit to the Polls – The Role of Religion in Politics
Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a special presentation:
E. J. Dionne, Jr, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, syndicated columnist, and author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right Amy Sullivan, Nation editor at Time magazine and author of The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap Jim Wallis, President and Executive Director, Sojourners, and author of The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America
Shaun Casey, Professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary and Visiting Fellow with the Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress Action Fund
Sally Steenland, Senior Policy Advisor, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress Action Fund
Is the Religious Right dead? Has the left closed the "God gap?” What religious voices are speaking out on political issues—and how effective are they? What role should religion play in politics and presidential campaigns?
In a campaign season where two of the most significant speeches by presidential candidates have been about religion—Republican Mitt Romney speaking about being a Mormon and Democrat Barack Obama speaking about his former pastor—it is important to examine the power and influence of religion in politics.
E.J. Dionne, Amy Sullivan, and Jim Wallis are expert analysts of religion in public life. Each has a new book examining the changing religious and political landscape in our nation today. Their insights, inside stories, and keen analysis offer new and hopeful ways of thinking about religion and public life in the months and years ahead.
Copies of all three books will be available for purchase.
Thursday, April 24, 2008 Program: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Admission is free.
A light lunch will be served at 12:00 pm.
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