Religious Freedom Annual Review 2023: Religious Communities: Worshipping, Serving, and Learning Together

2023 Religious Freedom Annual Review
“Religious Communities: Worshipping, Serving, and Learning Together”
Thursday, June 15, 2023

In 2020, the number of American adults affiliated with a church, synagogue, mosque, or other denomination fell below 50% for the first time. What is driving this departure from traditional religious communities? Is this a reaction to politicized religion, a result of increasing secularism, a move to a more eclectic or non-institutional approach to religiosity?

What do we lose when we move away from communities of believers? What are the implications for the religious freedom of denominations, religious schools, religiously affiliated charitable organizations, and other religious institutions? For some, institutional religion is seen as problematic, if not harmful. How can those of us who are part of religious institutions be both true to our beliefs and more welcoming to those who are unlike us or unsure whether to belong? How can we strengthen our society through the communities where we worship and practice our beliefs? Join us as we seek to learn together about the challenges and opportunities facing religious communities in the 21st century.

To learn more about the presenters or the theme, visit the conference website. CLE credit is still available but you will need to register via the conference website.

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General Sessions

Opening Session: Challenges and Opportunities for Religious Institutions

Why Religious Freedom Matters to Me

Serving Together: The Roles of Religious Orgs. in Humanitarian Work

Strengthening and Renewing Religious Institutions

Closing Session: The Stewardship of Our First Freedom

Breakout Sessions

Why Protect the Religious Freedom of Religious Organizations?

How Can I get Involved?

Accommodations in the Workplace at the Supreme Court

How Can We Better Welcome Those Who Feel Like They Don't Fit

Podcasting Religious Community in America, Part 1

Religious Organizations: Engagement in the Broader Community

Faith-Based Humanitarian Action: What Does This Mean on the Ground?

Podcasting Religious Community in America, Part 2

Respect for Marriage Act and Protections for Religious Institutions