OBAMA TO JOIN SUMMIT ON OVERCOMING POVERTY IN U.S. AT GEORGETOWN
MAY 7, 2015 – PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WILL PARTICIPATE in a unique Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown next week that addresses key questions related to the moral, human and economic costs of poverty in the United States.
The President will discuss the topic of poverty and opportunity May 12 with well-known Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.
“Georgetown University is privileged to host this unprecedented and timely summit of Catholic, evangelical and other religious leaders coming together to make overcoming poverty a clear moral imperative and urgent national priority,” says Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “The university is particularly honored to welcome President Obama to join this unique dialogue with Robert Putnam and Arthur Brooks.”
Washington Post columnist and McCourt School of Public Policy adjunct professor E.J. Dionne Jr. will moderate the discussion, and the conversation will be webcast at georgetown.edu.
SUPPORTING COMMON GOOD
Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) will address the summit after the discussion.
The May 11-13 summit is organized by Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the National Association of Evangelicals.
“As Pope Francis has placed a preference for the poor at the center of public life,” DeGioia adds, “we bring our resources as a Catholic and Jesuit university in the nation’s capital to engage in dialogue and scholarship that supports the betterment of humankind and the common good.”
SENSE OF URGENCY
More than 120 leaders from evangelical, Catholic and broader religious communities, as well as key policy makers, researchers and community organizers, have been invited to the summit.
“With this summit, Catholic and evangelical leaders hope to create a new sense of urgency, new allies and new ideas to help overcome the political paralysis and moral scandal of too much poverty and too little opportunity in our nation,” says John Carr, the Georgetown initiative’s director. “We are honored that President Obama has chosen to join us in addressing this urgent moral imperative.”
Carr says the summit is a “direct response” to Pope Francis’ “challenge to place the lives and dignity of the poor at the center of religious and public life.”
Key partners and participants for the summit include the Circle of Protection, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bread for the World, World Vision, the Salvation Army, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Catholic Charities USA, Oxfam America, Sojourners, PICO National Network and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The White House would like to hear how the issues discussed at the summit are playing out in your community, and how you think we can continue expanding opportunity for more Americans: https://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/poverty-and-opportunity-your-community-what-are-you-seeing
May 12, 2015
11:30 AM ET
President Obama joins leaders from faith groups, public and private organizations in a panel discussion at the
‘Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty‘
Georgetown University, Washington DC