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Religion in American Public Life

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American politics and policy ranging from church-state relations to immigration and the environment all have a significant religious dimension. Social and political movements are often motivated by faith or religious identity, and some of the most contentious public debates of our time revolve around moral beliefs. These resources address the changing role of religion in American public life.

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Shaun Casey

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service

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Paul Elie

Senior Fellow

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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American Pilgrimage Project Conversations

The American Pilgrimage Project invites Americans of diverse backgrounds to sit together and talk to each other one-to-one about the role their religious beliefs have played at crucial moments in their lives. The conversations are recorded by

Blog Posts



November 15, 2021

Searching for Omar Ibn Said: A Conversation with Jennifer Berry Hawes and Gavin McIntyre (Video)

Duration: 59 minutes

November 12, 2021

Afro-Pessimism and the Future of African American Religions (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

October 25, 2021

Lifting Up the Voices of Female Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 32 minutes