Political Values and Religious Convictions

Sponsored by Devout Democrats, this local symposium features keynote Speakers Rev. Barry Lynn and US Representative David Price, and moderated board discussions on religion, Church and State, and how belief informs action toward the Common Good.

To register, go to http://www.radfordprofessionalmeetings.com/

Location: The Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church is adjacent to University Mall at the intersection of Willow Dr and US 15/501. The address is 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill.

Purpose: This program will equip and encourage North Carolinians to respond effectively when religious issues arise in the political arena. We need to be articulate both about the separation of church and state, and about our own motivating values. The PAC, Devout Democrats offers North Carolinians a unique look into the current realities of politics and religion.

About the Sponsor: Devout Democrats is an interfaith, grassroots group dedicated to informing North Carolinians that there is an appropriate place for progressive religious values in our political discourse. Our main mission is to show the public that fundamental religious values are expressed in the characteristic policies of democratic candidates. We run a website, sponsor traditional ads in print media and have a journalist-education effort, as well. We hope to be a model of an authentic way to bring the values of our faith into the public square.

Agenda - Saturday, March 1st

9:30 am Registration, Fellowship & Coffee

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome & Introductions

10:15 – 11:00 Church and State in America Today; U.S. Representative David Price

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – Noon Religion in the Public Square- Panel Discussion;
Board Member Panelists: Mr. Bob Ashley, Editor, Durham Herald-Sun; Dr. Peter Kaufman, Professor of Religion, UNC; Mr. Ted Vaden, Ombudsman, Raleigh News and Observer

Noon – 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 Politics, Religion and the First Amendment - Rev. Barry Lynn

1:30 – 1:45 Break

1:45 – 2:30 Common Ground for the Common Good - Panel Discussion
Board Member Panelists: Rev. William Barber, President, NC NAACP; Ms. Kahliliah Sabra, Director, Muslim-American Society; Mr. Michael Gerhardt, School of Law, UNC

2:30 – 3:30 Reclaiming the American Vision - Rev. Barry Lynn

3:30 pm Adjournment and Godspeed