Faith and Progressive Policy:
Proud Past, Promising Future


The Faith and Progressive Policy conference will initiate the Center for American Progress’ multi-year project regarding the intersection of religion and public policy. This project will support and amplify progressive religious voices, explore the vital role of faith in public life, and promote religious freedom afforded by the separation of church and state.

This launch event will affirm the historic role of faith in social, economic and international policy, while highlighting the religious values and morals that continue to influence the development of progressive policy today.

Activities will include:

7:30 – 8:30 am
Sign In & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 am 
Morning Address & Plenary Session
“Proud Past”
Commissioned authors and other scholars will explore the role of religion in shaping and advancing progressive social and political movements. Following these presentations, a moderator will facilitate a discussion with the audience and panelists.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Concurrent Policy Discussions
“Promising Future”
Religious and policy experts will lead discussions that examine current policy debates through the lens of religious themes and values.  These interactive sessions will focus on the connections between faith and politics and identify opportunities for ongoing collaboration among progressive organizations.

“The National Budget: A Reflection of Our Values”
“Ethical Foreign Policy and the Global Community”
“Balancing Priorities: Meeting National Energy Needs While Being Responsible Stewards of the Earth”

12:30 – 2:00 pm
Lunch & Keynote Address
“Religious Diversity - Shared Values”

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Red line, Woodley Park Zoo exit

Hotel parking is available for $15/day

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About the participants:

Peter Adriance, NGO Liaison for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States

Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council

Dr. Heather Boushey, Research Economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63,” the first of three volumes focusing on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Carol Browner, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Rev. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and former Member of Congress

Dr. David Elcott, Director of U.S. Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee

Sister Maureen Fiedler, SL, Host of Interfaith Voices

Rev. James Forbes, the Riverside Church, New York, NY

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of the Interfaith Alliance and Pastor for Preaching and Worship at Northminster (Baptist) Church in Monroe, Louisiana

Rev. Bryan Hehir, Catholic Charities of Boston

Dr. Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

Stephanie Kaza, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont

Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island

John D. Podesta, President & CEO of the Center for American Progress

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Founder of the American Sufi Muslim Society in New York City

Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, Senior Pastor of the Third Street Church of God, Washington, DC, author and Professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity. 

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, President of the Chicago Theological Seminary

Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief of Sojourners Magazine, preacher, activist, author, and the convener of Call to Renewal

Elizabeth Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and co-author of several books on consumer law including “The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke”