SMU hosts discussion on the White House and faith-based initiatives

'Faith, the White House, and the Public Square' ad graphicSMU’s Center for Presidential History will host a symposium exploring the importance of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships as part of the 21st-century presidency and its implications for church-state relations.

Every current and former director of the Office – John DiIulio, Joshua DuBois, Jay Hein, Melissa Rogers and Jim Towey – will participate in “Faith, the White House, and the Public Square” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

In 2001, President George W. Bush established the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. He tasked it with helping the federal government coordinate a national effort to equip and expand the work of faith-based and community organizations to better meet the social needs of America’s communities. This office, now known as the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has continued under the executive leadership of President Barack Obama.

The event is free, but reservations are required. RSVP online at

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