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The new year brings a new presidential administration and a new and closely divided Congress in the United States. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will face daunting challenges, including a continuing pandemic, an economic crisis, a racial reckoning, and a bitterly divided nation. The House of Representatives and Senate have new members but likely will face the same partisan conflicts that have undermined the pursuit of the common good. Religious values and voters were at the center of the 2020 election. How will faith and the faithful shape the agendas and actions of the Biden-Harris administration and the 117th Congress?
This timely dialogue will look at the complicated and changing role of the Christian community in the public square today. New leaders are stepping up, including new presidents at Bread for the World and Sojourners. African American churches and religious leaders continue to provide moral leadership as the nation confronts the continuing sin of racism. The Catholic community seeks to promote human life and dignity and pursue economic justice in a new political context. All faith leaders will face continuing challenges and competing priorities as the new administration takes office.
• Rev. Eugene Cho is the president of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. He is the founding pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, Washington, and author of Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics (2020).
• Kathleen Domingo is the senior director of the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the and former director of education and field operations for Catholics for the Common Good in San Francisco.
• Barbara Williams Skinner is the CEO and co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute, co-convener of the National African American Clergy Network, and co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Prayer Breakfast.
• Rev. Adam Russell Taylor is the new president of Sojourners, an independent, award-winning print and online magazine of faith, culture, and politics. He is the former leader of the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group and author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith Inspired Activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation (2010).
John Carr, director of the Initiative, will moderate the dialogue.
The Initiative will explore these new opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges with a diverse group of new and experienced Christian leaders who connect their faith and public policy in Washington and across the county. The panelists will explore questions such as:
—What are areas of agreement, tension, and discussion for the new administration and new Congress?
—How can the Biden administration act on racial, economic, and environmental justice?
—How can we protect human life and dignity, especially on issues like abortion and the death penalty, with the new administration and in a divided Congress?
—What will religious liberty and the promotion of a healthy pluralism look like with the Biden-Harris administration? With the 117th Congress?
—How will campaign rhetoric and promises translate into policy in the coming year?
—What actions will the Biden-Harris administration take to deliver on its campaign promise to work for unity and healing?
This dialogue will have closed captions. For all other accommodation requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 13. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.
This Public Dialogue is part of the Initiative’s Faith and the Faithful series and is supported by the Democracy Fund.