"The Changing Terrain of the American Religious Landscape"
Saturday, October 19, 8:45 a.m. – Noon
Registration: $15 (online); $20 (at the door)
Student Registration: Free (with valid student ID); $5 (at the door with valid student ID)
As surveys report the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated (The ‘Nones’) continuing to swell, Churches across the U.S. are confronting a challenge unparalleled in our lifetime. As religious American preference becomes increasingly diverse and fluid, as the percentage of U.S. Protestants dips below 50% for the first time in memory, and as the “nothing in particular” category grows, a host of complex questions arises. What are the facts? And what ought we to do about them? This conference will explore these recent trends and offer insight so that we might faithfully respond as “Ambassadors for Christ” and as Christ’s Body, the Church.
Gregory Smith, Pew Research Center
Gregory A. Smith is director of U.S. religion surveys at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. He helps to coordinate polling on religion, writes reports and provides information to news media and others about religion and public opinion, and religion and American politics. Smith holds a doctorate in government from UVA, where he was a fellow at the Center on Religion and Democracy. He is an author of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey (2007), the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey (2010), the Pew Research Center surveys of Muslim Americans (2007, 2011) and the influential report ‘Nones’ on the Rise (2012). Smith has been interviewed by a variety of media, including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC and NPR, and by The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post
Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism (2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation” and other programs. Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, where he is currently the Hastert Fellow at the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy. He serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience and on several boards, including Bread for the World. He is Co-Chair of the Catholic/Evangelical Dialogue with Dr. Ron Sider.
Michael Cromartie, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Michael Cromartie is Vice President at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. A well-known public intellectual, he recently served as Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He directs the “Evangelicals in Civic Life” and “Faith Angle Forum” programs.
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