Promoting Civil Dialogue

The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute is one of the nation’s leading nonpartisan conveners of civic, advocacy and educational groups. We seek to engage in civil dialogue and, where possible, find common ground on public policies that serve the common good, as evidenced in our collaboration with the following leaders and organizations.

 

Event Partners

The Religious Freedom Center and the First Amendment Center have partnered with a wide range of organizations to sponsor public events on a wide range of issues related to religion in public life, including:

  • American Jewish Committee
  • Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • British Council
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Committee on Religious Liberty
  • Danish Broadcasting Corporation
  • Freedom House
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Moment Magazine
  • Pulitzer Center
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Religion Communicators Council
  • Religion News Service
  • Religion Newswriters Association
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • US State Department, Office of Religion and Global Affairs
  • Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations

Educational and Government Partners

Over the last two decades the following schools and government agencies have partnered with the First Amendment Center and the Religious Freedom Center on various public events and educational initiatives.

  • California State University, Chico
  • California Three Rs Project
  • Council on Islamic Education
  • Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education
  • Emory University
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • National Humanities Center
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Journal of Religion and Education
  • Religious Studies in Secondary Schools
  • Starr King School for the Ministry
  • Tony Blair Faith Foundation
  • Utah 3Rs Project
  • United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • United States Department of Education
  • US State Department, Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
  • Wesley Theological Seminary
  • White House Office of Faith–Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

The Committee on Religious Liberty

The Religious Freedom Center has expanded its convening role as the new home to the Committee on Religious Liberty, a 50-year-old organization comprised of religious and civil liberties leaders representing a broad spectrum of religious and ideological perspectives. The following organizations are represented on the Committee:

  • Agudath Israel of America
  • Alliance Defense Fund
  • American Center for Law and Justice
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Program on Freedom of Religion & Belief
  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Brigham Young University J Reuben Clark Law School
  • Catholic University of America
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Christian Science Committee on Publication
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Church of Scientology
  • Council of Religious Leaders of Metro Chicago
  • Disciples Center for Public Witness
  • Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Institute on Religion and Public Policy
  • Interfaith Alliance
  • Int’l Commission on Freedom of Conscience
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Journal of Religion & Education, Routledge
  • Liberty Magazine
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Nat’l Council of the Churches of Christ
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Orthodox Union Institute for Public Affairs
  • People for the American Way Foundation
  • Presbyterian Church in the USA
  • Progressive National Baptist Convention
  • Queens Federation of Churches
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Religious of Sacred Heart of Mary
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Southern Baptist Convention, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
  • Storzer & Greene PLLC
  • Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young
  • The First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • The Mitchell Firm
  • Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Method Church, General Board of Church and Society
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • University of Virginia Law School
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Wake Forest University Divinity School
  • Willamette College of Law
  • World Vision

Endorsing Bodies

Under the leadership of Dr. Charles Haynes, dozens of national organizations have endorsed the following consensus documents published by the First Amendment Center, the forerunner to the current Religious Freedom Center.

The consensus document, What is the Truth About American Muslims? Questions and Answers was organized and produced by the Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Center and was endorsed by:

  • African American Ministers Leadership Council
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
  • Islamic Networks Group
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • National Religious Campaign Against Torture
  • New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
  • People for the American Way Foundation
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Queens Federation of Churches
  • Rabbis for Human Rights-North America
  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
  • Secular Coalition for America
  • Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Sikh Coalition
  • Sojourners
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

The consensus document, Religious Liberty, Publication and the Future of American Democracy: A Statement of Principles, published by First Amendment Center was endorsed by the following groups:

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Center for Law and Justice
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
  • Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Christian Coalition
  • Christian Educators Association International
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Coalition for the Community of Reason
  • Council on Islamic Education
  • The First Amendment Center
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National PTA
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
  • National Education Association
  • National School Boards Association
  • People for the American Way Foundation
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Union of American Hebrew Congregations

The consensus document, A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in Public Schools, was endorsed by the following organizations in 2008:

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
  • Christian Educators Association International
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Council on Islamic Education
  • First Amendment Center
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Education Association
  • National PTA
  • National School Boards Association
  • Union of American Hebrew Congregations
  • Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America

The consensus document, The Equal Access Act: Questions and Answers, about religiously-affiliated student clubs in public schools, colleges and universities, was jointly sponsored by:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Americans United Research Foundation
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Dept. of Ed. of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • First Amendment Center
  • General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Conference for Community and Justice
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Education Association
  • National PTA
  • National School Boards Association

The consensus document, Religion in the Public School Curriculum: Questions and Answers, was sponsored jointly by:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Americans United Research Foundation
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Christian Legal Society
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • First Amendment Center
  • The Islamic Society of North America
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Conference of Community and Justice
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Education Association
  • National School Boards Association

The consensus statement, Religious Holidays in the Public Schools: Questions and Answers, was endorsed by:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Americans United Research Foundation
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
  • Christian Legal Society
  • First Amendment Center
  • The Islamic Society of North America
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Conference of Community and Justice
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Education Association
  • National School Boards Association

The consensus statement, The Bible and Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide, was published by The Bible Literacy Project, Inc. and First Amendment Center and it was endorsed by the following organizations:

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Christian Educators Association International
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Council on Islamic Education
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Bible Association
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Education Association
  • National School Boards Association
  • People for the American Way Foundation
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Union of American Hebrew Congregations

The consensus document, Public Schools and Religious Communities: A First Amendment Guide, was published jointly by the American Jewish Congress, the Christian Legal Society, and the First Amendment Center and endorsed by:

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Council on Islamic Education
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
  • National PTA
  • National School Boards Association
  • Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
  • United States Catholic Conference

The process for dialogue recommended in Public Schools and Sexual Orientation Guide was endorsed by:

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • BridgeBuilders
  • Christian Educators Association International
  • First Amendment Center
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)