Catholics, Evangelicals, and the American Future

Next week I will be at Georgetown University for a meeting of “Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good.”  (See my posts on the Fall 2011 meeting of this group).

As part of the gathering, Georgetown is sponsoring an afternoon panel discussion entitled “Catholics, Evangelicals, and the American Future.”  As you will see below, panelists will include Ron Sider, Cathleen Kaveny, E.J. Dionne, Michael Gerson, and Margaret Steinfels.

The sessions are open to the public.  I hope to see you there.

The Office of the President
of Georgetown University
The Berkley Center for
Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
request the pleasure of your company
for a panel discussion
 Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Copley Formal Lounge
3:00 p.m.
Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue:
Lessons Learned and Ways Forward
Ron Sider
President of Evangelicals for Social Action and a Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy in the Palmer Seminary at Eastern University
Glen Stassen
Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at the Fuller Theological Seminary
Cathleen Kaveny
John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology in the University of Notre Dame Law School
John Borelli
Special Assistant for Interreligious Initiatives in the Office of the President at Georgetown University

4:30 p.m.
Catholics, Evangelicals, and the 2012 Election
E.J. Dionne
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Georgetown University and Columnist for the Washington Post
Michael Gerson
Senior Advisor for the One Campaign and
Columnist for the Washington Post
Margaret Steinfels
Co-director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture and previously editor-in-cheif of Commonweal magazine
Tom Banchoff
Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University
Through much of American history, Catholics and Evangelicals have been sharply divided on matters of faith, values, and public policy. Over the past several decades both groups — who together encompass about half of the US population — have grown closer across a range of religious, moral, economic, and social issues and in a variety of contexts. To what degree have Catholic and Evangelical perspectives converged and where do major disagreements remain? What can Catholics and Evangelicals do together to promote greater common ground in this election year and beyond?
Since 2008 Georgetown University, in cooperation with Eastern University and other Evangelical institutions, has convened a dialogue, Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good, to address these and related questions. This symposium will bring together participants in the dialogue to assess lessons learned, ways forward, and the impact of Catholics and Evangelicals on the 2012 election.