Public Life


Real Family Values: Paid Family Leave Report
California Gov. Gray Davis (D) visits Mattel Children's Hospital. In 2002, Gov. Davis signed a bill allowing most California workers to take paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child or to care for sick family member. (AP/Lee Celano)

Real Family Values: Paid Family Leave

Paid family leave upholds the value of caregiving, fights against injustice, and helps build healthier families.

Jack Jenkins

Ensuring Health Coverage for All Report
Interfaith clergy, leaders, supporters, and county officials gather on the steps of the Texas state capitol for a rally in support of Medicaid expansion, Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (AP/Eric Gay)

Ensuring Health Coverage for All

Faith groups call on their states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Eleni Towns

Thou Shall Not Kill: Faith Groups and Gun-Violence Prevention Report
A man walks past thousands of grave markers erected in a mock cemetery to honor the victims of gun violence on the National Mall in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP/Kevin Wolf)

Thou Shall Not Kill: Faith Groups and Gun-Violence Prevention

In this brief, we examine the efforts of faith-based groups to prevent deaths caused by firearms through their work as first-responders, advocates, and prophetic voices against the scourge of gun violence.

Jack Jenkins, Eleni Towns

The Rise of ‘New Values Voters’ Report
Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, speaks during a stop on the first day of a nine-state Nuns on the Bus tour, Monday, June 18, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

The Rise of ‘New Values Voters’

The election results in November were a sign that faith aligned with progressive values is alive and well in the public square. Likewise, the results underscore the rejection of religious and political extremism.

Catherine Woodiwiss

Courting the ‘None’ Vote Report
Pedestrians pass by the entrance to St. Brigid's Church in the East Village in New York. The number of Americans who have no particular religious preference—sometimes called the religiously unaffiliated, the unchurched, or just “nones”—is steadily increasing within the United States, with one in five Americans now claiming to eschew organized religion. (AP/Kathy Willens)

Courting the ‘None’ Vote

The growing number of religiously unaffiliated Americans presents potential challenges for both political parties, but their presence may also be beneficial.

Jack Jenkins