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22 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2022 Article
Community members attend a candlelight vigil in Indianapolis.

22 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2022

There’s been no shortage of faith-based advocacy during the first year of the Biden administration.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi

A Look Back on the Biden Administration’s First Year on Religious Liberty Past Event
People protest the Muslim travel ban outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, USA on June 26, 2018.

A Look Back on the Biden Administration’s First Year on Religious Liberty

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of the Biden administration's efforts to protect the rights and safety of religious minorities and the nonreligious, here and around the world, and to safeguard the nation’s separation of church and state.

Abortion, Justice, and Religion Article
Demonstrators gather in front of U.S. Supreme Court during

Abortion, Justice, and Religion

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg of the National Council of Jewish Women shares her thoughts on Dobbs v. Jackson and the fight for abortion rights.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Christians Have a Role To Play in Defending U.S. Democracy Article
Hundreds march in Washington with event banner in front

Christians Have a Role To Play in Defending U.S. Democracy

CAP interviews one of the country’s most influential Christian leaders, the Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, to learn more about Christian political engagement at this moment in history.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Covid vaccine and mask mandates expose alt-right Christian hypocrisy In the News

Covid vaccine and mask mandates expose alt-right Christian hypocrisy

Maggie Siddiqi explains why in the face of a deadly pandemic, religion must not be used as an excuse to avoid lifesaving vaccination and mask requirements.

NBC News

Maggie Siddiqi

The Pro-Democracy Faith Movement Past Event

The Pro-Democracy Faith Movement

Join us on December 15 to hear from prominent faith leaders about America’s pro-democracy faith movement. They will share their vision for what it takes to build a more inclusive democracy based on their wisdom traditions rooted in hope, resilience, and systemic transformation.

Religious Organizations Are Integral to the Fight Against Gun Violence Report
Chaplain speaks after Harlem peace walk.

Religious Organizations Are Integral to the Fight Against Gun Violence

Religious organizations and people of faith across the country are working to heal their communities and prevent gun violence through support for broader reforms.

Maggie Siddiqi, Benjamin Fleisher

Maine Provides Leadership on Religion and Vaccines Article
View looking into a brightly lit recreation room in a church. Folding tables covered in red tablecloths and folding chairs are visible, with several people wearing masks and winter clothes are shown sitting or standing waiting for vaccinations or filling out paper forms.

Maine Provides Leadership on Religion and Vaccines

The Rev. Jane Field of the Maine Council of Churches shares her thoughts on Maine’s approach to containing COVID-19, as well as the response from religious communities in the state.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Personal Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Article
The sun rises behind the skyline of lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City as people walk through the Empty Sky 9/11 memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 24, 2021. (Getty/Gary Hershorn)

Personal Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Staff and fellows at the Center for American Progress share how 9/11 changed their lives.

Center for American Progress staff and fellows

Religious Americans Demand Climate Action Report
Calls for climate action and Line 3 pipeline protest signs are seen during a faith gathering and prayer circle in Minnesota, June 2021. (Getty/Kerem Yucel/AFP)

Religious Americans Demand Climate Action

Faith groups across the board are advocating for climate justice, including through the investments in the bipartisan infrastructure framework and reconciliation packages.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi

21 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2021 Article

21 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2021

From climate change to gun violence to civil rights, religious leaders are having a positive impact on all areas of American public life.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi

What You Need To Know About the Equality Act Fact Sheet
 (LGBTQ rights demonstrators rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., October 2019.)

What You Need To Know About the Equality Act

This fact sheet outlines how the Equality Act would provide much-needed civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, women, people of faith, and others.

Thee Santos, Caroline Medina, Sharita Gruberg

The Pro-Democracy Faith Movement Report
An imam holds hands with a Jewish faith leader during a press conference with an interfaith coalition of faith leaders on the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election and rising hate crimes outside the Masjid Muhammad, The Nation's Mosque, in Washington, November 2016. (Getty/Jim Watson/AFP)

The Pro-Democracy Faith Movement

CAP brought together diverse religious leaders to explore the values underpinning the faith community’s support of democracy.

Maggie Siddiqi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Carol Lautier

Improving the Lives and Rights of LGBTQ People in America Report
 (LGBTQ rights supporters gather during a candlelight vigil in West Reading, Pennsylvania, on September 14, 2020.)

Improving the Lives and Rights of LGBTQ People in America

The incoming Biden administration has stated its commitment to advancing LGBTQ equality, which will require undoing the harms caused during the last four years and by generations of discrimination, as well as proactively championing a progressive agenda.

Caroline Medina, Sharita Gruberg, Lindsay Mahowald, 1 More Thee Santos

How Religion and LGBTQ Rights Intersect in Media Coverage Report
Then-Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg addresses a congregation while attending Sunday service at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, February 2020. (Getty/Win McNamee)

How Religion and LGBTQ Rights Intersect in Media Coverage

A study of recent news articles across national and local media outlets reveals that media coverage of LGBTQ rights more often cites religiously identified sources who oppose LGBTQ equality than those who support it.

Rucha Modi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi, 1 More Rasheed Malik

Recommendations for the Biden Administration on Engaging With Religious Communities Report
Former Vice President Joe Biden meets with religious leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 1, 2020. (Getty/AFP/Jim Watson)

Recommendations for the Biden Administration on Engaging With Religious Communities

Working with diverse religious communities will be key as the Biden administration seeks to advance progressive public policy priorities and true religious liberty.

Maggie Siddiqi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Joshua Russell

How the Trump Administration Has Harmed Faith Communities Report
 (Black clergy members stand with other attendees during a Mass for racial healing on Castle Island in South Boston on June 13, 2020.)

How the Trump Administration Has Harmed Faith Communities

People of faith have suffered under the Trump administration’s attacks on civil rights, religious freedom, and health and economic well-being.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi, Samantha Behar

Faith Leaders To Watch in 2020 Article
The Rev. Traci Blackmon delivers remarks during a protest rally over restrictive abortion laws on May 21, 2019, in St Louis. (Getty/Michael B. Thomas)

Faith Leaders To Watch in 2020

Each of these leaders is working to ensure that their faith communities participate in U.S. democracy.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi

The CAP Faith Team’s Coronavirus Resources Article
A volunteer prepares for a livestream of Easter Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on April 11, 2020, in South Orange, New Jersey. (Getty/Elsa)

The CAP Faith Team’s Coronavirus Resources

Here are some of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative's coronavirus-related resources.

Maggie Siddiqi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Connecting the Dots: How the Trump Administration Misuses Religious Freedom To Create a License To Discriminate Video

Connecting the Dots: How the Trump Administration Misuses Religious Freedom To Create a License To Discriminate

This video examines how the Trump administration is expanding religious exemptions in an attempt to gut civil rights protections and codify discrimination against people of minority faiths, women, and people who are LGBTQ.

Maggie Siddiqi, Kurt Mueller, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, 1 More Sharita Gruberg

12 Questions From Faith Leaders for Presidential Candidates Article
Bishop Minerva Carcaño (R) and other faith leaders and lay people join in prayer outside the constituent office of then-Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) while lobbying for immigration reform, October 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

12 Questions From Faith Leaders for Presidential Candidates

Progressive faith leaders want the next debate to cover topics that range from racism and bigotry to climate change and income inequality.

Maggie Siddiqi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 Article
The Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart delivers a prayer at a vigil in support of the Equality Act in Washington, D.C., May 2019. (Mackenzie Harris/Faith in Public Life)

9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019

These nine LGBTQ faith leaders work to resist injustice and articulate a moral vision for the United States.

Emily London, Maggie Siddiqi, Luke Wallis

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