An upcoming conference presented by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute will examine the role faith can play in bringing people together to engage in democracy and civic life.
The conference is co-organized with Crossroads Undivided, an initiative of one of America’s largest interdenominational churches that brings people together to have frank conversations about race.
The program dives into the Undivided model, exploring its successes and the action it’s inspired. Other sessions imagine the “radical middle,” open a case study in community organizing, and look ahead to the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
The conference is to be held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati on Monday, January 13, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Conference sessions are free to attend with advance registration.
Drawing inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens, which was a hub of conversation and debate and the center of the city-state’s democratic governance, SNF committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute in 2018. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from political science, psychology, philosophy, and other fields to foster open and inclusive discourse.