Structural Reform and Governance

Religion and Faith

Advancing a progressive vision of religious liberty and partnering with faith communities in support of all CAP’s crosscutting priorities

Protesters hold up signs that read "All Religions Welcome Here" in protest of the Trump administration's travel ban. (Getty/Win McNamee)

What We're Doing

Domestic religious liberty

We advance a progressive vision of religious freedom that affirms church-state separation and protects the rights and safety of religious minorities. We resist attempts to redefine religious liberty as a license to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and people seeking reproductive health care.

International religious liberty

We advocate for religious freedom around the world as part of an interdependent universal human rights framework that includes LGBTQ+ rights and access to reproductive health care.

Partnerships with faith communities

Religious Americans are actively involved in advocacy for the just and equitable America envisioned by CAP’s five crosscutting priorities. We partner with faith-based organizations to harness their power for progressive change.

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Partners

We partner with a range of faith-based organizations at the national, state, and local levels. The following list is not comprehensive, and we invite other organizations to reach out if there are ways we can collaborate.

Auburn Seminary

Auburn equips leaders with the organizational skills and spiritual resilience required to create lasting, positive impact in local communities, on the national stage, and around the world.

Faith in Public Life

Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality, and the common good.

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

NETWORK works to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation.

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action is a movement of progressive Jews across the country who are fighting for justice and equality for all.

Sojourners

Sojourners articulates the biblical call to social justice to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.

Muslim Advocates

Muslim Advocates works in the courts, the policymaking process, and the public dialogue so American Muslims and all people can live free from discrimination.

Sikh Coalition

Through the community, courtrooms, classrooms, and Congress, the Sikh Coalition works to protect the constitutional right to practice your faith without fear.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism works to educate, inspire, and mobilize the Reform Jewish community to advocate for social justice.

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is building a moral fusion movement to address interlocking injustices.

Faith in Action

This national community organizing network gives people of faith the tools that they need to fight for justice and work toward a more equitable society.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State advances the separation of religion and government as the only way to ensure freedom of religion.

Interfaith Alliance

Interfaith Alliance is the only national interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America.

The Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School

This project is a law and policy think tank based at Columbia Law School that promotes social justice, freedom of religion, and religious plurality.

National Council of Jewish Women

The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action.

Emgage

Emgage educates, engages, and empowers Muslim American communities through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development.

Church World Service

This faith-based organization transforms communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster.

Friends Committee on National Legislation

The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, and environmental stewardship.

Catholics for Choice

Catholics for Choice is a nonprofit organization that lifts up the voices of the majority of Catholics who believe in reproductive freedom.

Interfaith Power & Light

Interfaith Power & Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.

Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.

Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

Sadhana empowers Hindu American communities to live out the values of their faith through service, community transformation, and targeted advocacy work.

American Atheists

American Atheists fights for religious equality for all Americans by protecting the wall of separation between state and church created by the First Amendment.

Coalitions

We partner with a range of faith-based coalitions. The following list is not comprehensive, and we invite other coalitions to reach out if there are ways we can collaborate.

Washington Interfaith Staff Community

This network includes more than 70 Washington offices of national religious bodies and faith-based organizations. CAP is a cooperating agency.

Faith for Equality

The Faith for Equality coalition comprises more than 120 organizations working to advance the dignity of LGBTQ people.

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice brings the moral force of religion to protect and advance reproductive health, choice, rights, and justice.

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is a coalition of more than 50 faith-based organizations that together represent tens of millions of religious Americans.

Faithful Democracy

Faithful Democracy is a coalition of congregations, faith-based organizations, and religious leaders with a shared concern about the state of our democracy.

The Religious Equality and Liberty Coalition

The Religious Equality and Liberty Coalition brings together policy advocates across multiple progressive justice movements to advance religious liberty.

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About our team

The Center for American Progress is unique among many progressive organizations in understanding the role of religious communities in advancing progressive change. CAP originated its faith team shortly after the organization’s founding in 2003. Our team works to harness the power of religious communities to advocate for CAP’s five crosscutting priorities. We also support CAP’s mission by defending the rights and safety of religious minorities in the United States and around the world, while resisting attempts by Christian nationalists to redefine religious freedom as a license to discriminate.

Latest

Addressing Challenges to Progressive Religious Liberty in Michigan Report
Faisel Mohamed leaves a voting booth at the Holbrook Cafe in Hamtramck, Michigan, on July 20, 2004. (AP/Paul Sancya)

Addressing Challenges to Progressive Religious Liberty in Michigan

Michigan must strike a proper balance between true religious freedom and the other cherished rights and freedoms that keep the nation’s democracy strong.

Carolyn Davis, Lauren Kokum

Advancing Progressive Religious Liberty in 2016 Report
Opponents of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act march in protest past the Indiana Statehouse on April 4, 2015. (AP/Doug McSchooler)

Advancing Progressive Religious Liberty in 2016

A hopeful, progressive understanding of religious liberty can prevent harm and discrimination while preserving the freedoms of both religious and nonreligious Americans.

Carolyn Davis

Transgender Welcome Report
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks during Mass at the Washington National Cathedral on November 1, 2015. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)

Transgender Welcome

This resource makes the case for the full inclusion of transgender people in both Jewish and Christian communities of faith and in society, based on Scripture and theology.

Bishop Gene Robinson

Re-Educating Turkey Report
Students sit in the cafeteria of Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey, October 2, 2015. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Re-Educating Turkey

Following its dominant electoral victory on November 1, the AKP government is likely to continue it efforts to enhance the reach of religious education in Turkey. This process could have a profound long-term impact on Turkish identity and stability.

Alan Makovsky

Restoring the Balance Report
The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2010. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Restoring the Balance

One year after Hobby Lobby, state legislators, organizations, and for-profit corporations are using religious liberty to infringe on the rights of women, religious minorities, and LGBT people.

Carolyn Davis, Laura E. Durso, Carmel Martin, 8 More Donna Barry, Billy Corriher, Sharita Gruberg, Jeff Krehely, Sarah McBride, Ian Millhiser, Anisha Singh, Sally Steenland

Responsible Credit Is an Economic and Moral Issue Report
On January 22, 2015, Maranda Brooks stands outside a payday loans business that she frequented in the past in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP/Tony Dejak)

Responsible Credit Is an Economic and Moral Issue

As states and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau debate payday lending regulation, both economics and faith illustrate the need for effective consumer protections.

Joe Valenti, Claire Markham

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East Report
Children hold candles during a vigil in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on March 1, 2015, held in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq. (AP/Hussein Malla)

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Some of the world's oldest Christian communities are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born. The status of Christians in the Middle East is an important sign of broader regional trends in religious freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.

Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, John B. Craig

Fear, Inc. 2.0 Report
A sign opposing the proposed Park51 community center near ground zero is seen in New York. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Fear, Inc. 2.0

An examination of the Islamophobia network’s efforts to spread misinformation and propaganda about Islam and American Muslims in the United States.

Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, 1 More Ken Sofer

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