“The Francis Effect” Book Discussion in Cinci with John Gehring

December 3, 2015, 4:20 pm | Posted by

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INVITATION -”The Francis Effect” Book Discussion In Cinci w/ John Gehring 12/9

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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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2,000+ Faith Leaders Condemn Governors’ Rejection of Syrian Refugees

November 19, 2015, 5:28 pm | Posted by

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November 18, 2015
Contact: Allison Walter, 913-375-7730awalter@faithinpubliclife.org 

 
2,000+ Faith Leaders Condemn Governors’
Rejection of Syrian Refugees
Open letter from faith community also commends leaders welcoming refugees

 

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.

Read the complete statement and view the list of signatories.

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White House names Faith in Public Life CEO chair of President’s Council

November 5, 2015, 1:56 pm | Posted by

Here’s a sample of our media hits:

Jennifer Butler becomes chair of president’s advisory council on poverty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2015
Contact: Allison Walter – awalter@faithinpubliclife.org / (202) 499-4093

Faith in Public Life CEO Jennifer Butler Named Chair of President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

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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.

To interview Rev. Butler, please contact Allison Walter at awalter@faithinpubliclife.org or 202-499-4093.

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FPL Catholic Program Director Writes “The Francis Effect”

October 28, 2015, 5:07 pm | Posted by

FPL Catholic Program Director, John Gehring, has authored a new book, The Francis Effect. Check out the reviews and buy a copy

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The Francis Effect

A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church

JOHN GEHRING

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, and then looks at the opportunities for change in the “age of Francis.” Pope Francis has become an unlikely global star whose image has graced the covers of Rolling StoneThe New YorkerTime, and even the nation’s oldest magazine for gays and lesbians. The first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit, and the first to take the name of a beloved saint of the poor, Francis 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. 

But in the United States, Pope Francis finds a church that has been transformed over the past three decades by a vocal minority of culture warrior bishops, conservative intellectuals, and Christian evangelicals. The first half of the book analyzes the key trends that shaped the Catholic Church over the past century, while the second half looks at the words and actions of Pope Francis, and what they mean for real change.
 

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Georgia Clergy Call Legislators to Support Working Families

October 26, 2015, 12:41 pm | Posted by

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October 26, 2015
Contact: Graham Younger, (678) 739-8584gyounger@faithinpubliclife.org 

 

Georgia Clergy Call Legislators to Support Working Families

Atlanta, GA – On Thursday, October 22, faith leaders delivered a letter signed by more than 100 Georgia clergy to Senator Isakson calling on Congress to protect the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. 

Signers include Rabbi Peter Berg, Rev. Dr. Sam Davis, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale and Rev. Kelly Barge. 

John A. Berry, CEO of Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia called attention to the importance of these tax credits saying,

“Many people struggle to meet every day needs and the relief that the EITC would provide around tax time would be a great help in making their lives a little easier as they continue to work to provide for their families”

The EITC and CTC are among the nation’s strongest tools to help working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency and dignity. Together, they lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty— and made 22 million others less poor – in 2013.

Rev. William Flippin Jr., part of the group that delivered the letter, reacted to the experience: 

“We were glad to get to discuss the EITC with the Senator’s office. It is crucial to find ways to aid working families and Senator Isakson’s commitment to helping them is refreshing.”

A full copy of the letter can be found here

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