WHY WE INVESTED
Faith leaders play a special role in the public life of our nation, holding unique moral authority that can influence how we talk about issues of key concern and think about the moral consequences of our actions. Faith leaders also lead lead institutions that represent millions of Americans who look to them for guidance about how to think about challenging topics and to engage in the broader community.
In June 2012, the Faith and Politics Institute convened twenty faith leaders from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance of promoting civility in the public sphere and find ways to work together. Although the theological and political beliefs of participants were extremely diverse, the group found agreement in its concern about our nation’s polarization and the belief that spiritual values can point the way to greater civility in public life. With the help of our grants, the institute seeks to continue gathering faith leaders that can leverage their unique positions in order to play a positive role to improve the quality of our nation’s political discourse.