The Faith & Politics Institute cultivates mutual respect, moral reflection, increased understanding, and honest conversation among political leaders to advance productive discourse and constructive collaboration.
The Faith & Politics Institute seeks to counterbalance the polarizing, isolating atmosphere in Washington, D.C. by promoting a model of public service and an inclusive democratic process that can effectively address our nation’s most troubling challenges. We seek to cultivate common ground for courage, conscience and compassion in political life.
Western New York
Western NY: This pilgrimage was the first of its kind, exploring the confluence of two significant freedom movements and their leaders: the abolition movement and women’s suffrage. From Auburn to Rochester, we explored how the movements converged and diverged, and the lessons that are embodied in the lives of leaders like Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman, the important decisions they made, the relationships they forged, and how they worked through differences.
Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Since 1998, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has led close to 300 members of the U.S. House and Senate, as well as Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, through Alabama on this nearly annual pilgrimage. In Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma, we have explored the events that dramatically challenged racial discrimination and turned the course of American democracy. Political leaders have universally described the pilgrimage as a transformative moment.
California: 2017 marked 75 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of over 110,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast based on ancestry-- over 60 percent were United States citizens-- and sanctioning their imprisonment in concentration camps. Our pilgrims explored these stories and events and their present-day implications. From San Jose to Angel Island, we learned the impact that past decisions continue to have over modern American law and politics.