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Religion in the Public Sphere

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The goal of this work is to increase the presence and effectiveness of diverse religious perspectives dedicated to social justice.

The Challenge

Religion has always played a central role in American public life. In recent times, this role has increased notably as religious voices influence policy decisions, debates on values and morality, and the public policy agenda. These developments provide an opportunity to broaden the religious perspectives in the public sphere.

What We're Doing

Our work encourages a rigorous and informed public engagement of religion and its role in the U.S. public sphere. Progressive religious leaders and groups provide moral leadership, social capital and institutional resources dedicated to social justice and equity. We focus on: strengthening justice-oriented, faith-based groups, coalitions and leaders; elevating the public debate around religion through diversifying and enhancing media coverage of religion; and supporting research and development of innovative ideas and strategies that contribute to religious-oriented work for a more just society.

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