The Berkley Center is a sponsor of the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue on the Common Good/Public Policy, inaugurated at Georgetown in April 2008. Two of America's most prominent religious leaders, Pastor Rick Warren and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, convened discussions focused on how Catholics and evangelicals can more wisely bring faith to bear on public life, especially regarding issues relating to respect for life and ending poverty. Georgetown participants include President John J. DeGioia, John Borelli, special assistant to the president for interreligious dialogue, and the Center's Chester Gillis. Prominent evangelicals include Richard Cizik, then vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist and former speech writer and advisor to President George W. Bush. The dialogue reconvened in March 2009 at Eastern University, a prominent Baptist institution.
Other Georgetown participants in the dialogue were Fr. John Langan, S.J., Rector of the Georgetown Jesuit community, and Carol Q. ONeil of the Law Center. Also attending were John Carr, then Secretary for Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Ronald Sider, a widely engaged evangelical academic and activist associated with Eastern University/Palmer School of Theology; Don Eberly, Presidential advisor for the Bush administrations; Glen H. Stassen of Fuller Theological Seminary; Maggie Gallagher, the Catholic founder of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy; and M. Cathleen Kaveny, Notre Dame professor and Commonweal columnist.