How faith leaders can help America heal
Years of pent-up frustrations have polarized discussions around race, ethnicity, religion, immigration, gender, and many other sources of difference in America’s increasingly diverse society. At a time when many Americans do not trust those with opposing political beliefs, community-building efforts are vital to reduce current divisions and promote a respectful civil society. How can religious leaders across the country bring their communities together and help guide America on a path towards healing?
On June 10, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a webinar to discuss the critical need for national unity and the role faith leaders can play in facilitating reconciliation in the United States today. Melissa Rogers of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships joined Brookings President John Allen for a keynote session. A panel of interfaith leaders followed to discuss opportunities and challenges communities face in their efforts for unity and shared prosperity.
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Former Brookings Expert
Executive Director - The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Darrell M. West
Senior Fellow - Center for Technology Innovation
Douglas Dillon Chair in Governmental Studies
President and Co-Founder - Muslim Public Affairs Council
Rev. Cassandra A. Bledsoe
Immediate Past National Chaplain - National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
Pastor Strong Tower; Community Liaison to the Chief Cleveland Division of Police
Executive Director, Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Executive Director - Orthodox Union Advocacy Center
Rev. Randy G. Vaughn
Sr. Pastor - Mount Sinai Baptist Church
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The upshot is an environment in which the leaders of the world’s most powerful democracies have to engage with an ever more challenging world, even as they’re on shaky ground at home. This can fuel doubts among our allies and overconfidence among our adversaries, and leave us all more vulnerable as a result.