Saint Mary's Professor Barbara McGraw attended an invitation-only White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships' briefing on the goals and progress of the President's faith-based initiative. The five-hour event on May 11 was entitled "Advancing the Common Good at Home and Abroad" and was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, The White House, Washington, DC.

Shown from left to right: Barbara McGraw, Director of the Center for Engaged Religion Pluralism, Saint Mary's; Melissa Rogers, director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University Divinity School; Mark Silk, founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College and Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Co-Chair of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Academy of Religion and Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology.McGraw, who directs the College's Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism said the gathering was "a great opportunity not only to hear about how the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is making headway on its goals, but also to dialogue with Mara Vanderslice (Deputy Director), academic colleagues, and others on how religion scholars can contribute to those goals. This is what 'engaged religious pluralism' is all about."

Shown from left to right: Barbara McGraw, Director of the Center for Engaged Religion Pluralism, Saint Mary's; Melissa Rogers, director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University Divinity School; Mark Silk, founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College and Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Co-Chair of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Academy of Religion and Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology.

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