Feb 18

Past Event

Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships in the Obama Era: Assessing the First Year and Looking Ahead

Event Materials

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Highlights

  • The Obama Administration's Partnerships

    The focus of the administration''s faith-based partnerships is to strengthen those organizations that help improve conditions for families and communities, Dubois says.

  • Programs of Faith-based Partnerships

    Dubois highlights some of the programs supported by the partnerships, adding that the initiative''s success can be measured by the impact it has on real-world issues both here and abroad.

  • Improving Community Services

    Rabbi Saperstein says the advisory council''s report offers a wide range of recommendations for improving the services that grassroots groups and the government provide to the community.

  • Defining the Relationship

    It''s important that the relationship between faith-based groups and the government be clearly defined Rev. Snyder says, adding that they are partners committed to the same mission.

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Summary

Last February, President Obama established the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and created a presidential advisory council of leading religious and secular scholars and figures to recommend changes in how these partnerships are carried out. While public attention has been focused on the economic downturn, the health care debate and two wars, the White House office has continued to foster government partnerships with religious and secular community organizations around the country. A year into the Obama administration, what is the state of the debate over these partnerships? What has changed since the Bush administration?

On February 18, the Brookings Institution hosted a forum on partnerships between government and faith-based and neighborhood groups during President Obama’s first year in office. The event focused on understanding what has been accomplished thus far. Discussion also centered on what will and should happen in this area over the rest of the president’s term.

Panelists included some of the country’s leading scholars and religious figures focused on examining partnerships with faith-based groups and other nonprofits. Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, delivered an opening address on his office’s first year and plans for the future. The forum concluded with remarks by Rabbi David Saperstein, director and counsel of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30-8:40 AM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks

    • Governance Studies, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/dionnee.aspx">E.J. Dionne, Jr.</a>

      Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

    • Governance Studies, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University" itemprop="jobTitle" /> Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/rogersm.aspx">Melissa Rogers</a>

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

      Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University

  • 8:40-9:20 AM -- Opening Address

    • Joshua Dubois

      Director, The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

  • 9:30-10:45 AM -- The State of Social Science Research

    • Mark Chaves

      Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Divinity, Duke University

    • Renata Cobbs Fletcher

      Vice President for Public Policy and Community Partnerships, Public/Private Ventures

    • Stephen Monsma

      Senior Research Fellow

      Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity

    • Rebecca Sager

      Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University

    • Governance Studies, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/dionnee.aspx">E.J. Dionne, Jr.</a>

      Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

  • 11:00 AM-12:15 PM -- The State of the Law

    • Noel Castellanos

      CEO, Christian Community Development Association

    • Dan Mach

      Director of Litigation, ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief

    • Steve McFarland

      Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, World Vision

      Former Director of the Department of Justice's Task Force for Community and Faith-Based Initiatives

    • Bob Tuttle

      Professor, George Washington University Law School

    • Governance Studies, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University" itemprop="jobTitle" /> Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/rogersm.aspx">Melissa Rogers</a>

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

      Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University

  • 12:30-2:00 PM -- Lunch: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Government Partnerships with Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations

    • Rabbi David Saperstein

      Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

    • Rev. Larry Snyder

      President, Catholic Charities USA

Details

February 18, 2010

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

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