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Faith in Public Life, a national strategy center for the faith community, invites you to a Book Discussion with author and nationally known Catholic commentator John Gehring. Followed by Q&A and book signing. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the Mercantile Library on Wednesday, December 9th for an enjoyable evening! Please RSVP by Friday, December 4th.
Praise for The Francis Effect
“John Gehring has created a stirring, multidimensional account of Catholicism in the twenty-first century.”
— Sister Simone Campbell, author of A Nun on the Bus
About The Francis Effect
Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, is shaking up a church that has been mired in scandal and demoralized by devastating headlines. His bracing critique of an out-of-touch hierarchy, pastoral style when it comes to divisive issues, and humble gestures rejecting the trappings of papal power have changed the conversation about the world’s most powerful religious institution. The Francis Effect explores how a church once known as a towering force for social justice became known for a narrow agenda most closely aligned with one political party, then looks at the opportunities for change in the “age of Francis.”
About the Author
John Gehring is Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, an advocacy group in Washington. His writing and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and the National Catholic Reporter, among other outlets. He is a former associate director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and has been a staff writer at The Catholic Review, The Frederick Gazette, and Education Week. He lives in Washington, DC.
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Washington, DC - More than 2,000 faith leaders from across the nation have adamantly rejected the proposals of two dozen United States governors to close their states’ doors to Syrian refugees fleeing the unspeakable cruelty of ISIS.
Today, Faith in Public Life released an open letter from a broad range of religious leaders – including Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life; Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Dr. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; and prominent theologian Walter Brueggemann– calling the governors to welcome refugees and reject the politics of fear and cruelty.
“The Statue of Liberty is not etched with the message ‘Christians only,’” said Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life. “Our elected officials have a responsibility to protect the nation, but turning away families who risk their lives to escape the destruction of war is unnecessary and wrong. America can prevent attacks without turning our backs on desperate refugees.”
The letter reads in part:
As faith leaders, we seek to honor Scripture’s call to protect the refugee and the immigrant. As it is written in the Hebrew Scriptures, “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”
These leaders also condemn in the strongest terms proposals to discriminate against refugees on the basis of religion.
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Faith in Public Life CEO Jennifer Butler Named Chair of President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Washington, DC– Faith in Public Life is pleased to announce that Executive Director and CEO, Rev. Jennifer Butler, has been named the chair of the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Said Butler, on learning of the appointment, “I’m deeply honored to be chosen for this position and very excited about the opportunities this platform presents to move forward the faith community’s work on issues of poverty and inequality. When the faith community comes together, we really can transform society. That’s the beauty of this council.”’
The council brings together religious and secular leaders, as well as experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and community organizations. The charge for the group is to focus on steps the government should take to in partnership with faith- and community-based organizations to reduce poverty and inequality and create opportunity for all. Such steps include changes in policies, programs and practices that affect the delivery of crucial services in low-income and underserved communities.
The council also includes Dr. Stephen Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America; Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs; Rev. David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World; and 14 other prominent faith leaders.
Rev. Butler is the founding CEO of Faith in Public Life. From 1996 to 2005, she represented the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the United Nations. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. Faith in Public Life is incredibly proud of Rev. Butler and her work to advance justice, compassion and the common good.
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