Mission

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Together with a new Endowed Chair in Faith and Justice, the Center on Faith and Justice seeks to advance a deeper integration of faith in and values in society and civic life. 

The Center operates on the belief that the world needs a new kind of public policy making to address the most pressing and moral global challenges of today and empower the changemakers of tomorrow. It seeks a reversal of politics merely being defined by wealth and power but rather by our best spiritual values. And it believes that a society’s moral integrity is defined by the well-being of the most marginalized and vulnerable. 

The Center on Faith and Justice focuses on four key programmatic areas: racism, poverty, peace, and justice—in all their religious, moral, personal, and systematic dimensions. It brings together students, scholars, practitioners, religious leaders, policymakers, and media to reshape how faith is discussed and understood in relation to our civic life. 

The Center is focused on protecting and uplifting the imago dei, the image of God, in all human beings. The issues of justice run deep, and none are more important than the threats to democracy that we are watching in America and around the world which are not just political issues, they are tests of faith. The spirituality of democracy and the soul of the nation will be core to the work of this new Chair and Center. 

The Center creates educational and collaborative opportunities in partnership with leaders from Capitol Hill, grassroots communities, seminaries, and other faith-based institutions and advocacy groups around the country. 

The Center convenes public and private dialogues committed to promoting civil discourse and public policies in pursuit of a more compassionate and just society, and serves as a trusted source and advocate on the moral dimensions of political issues—reaching government officials, multi-faith leaders, local activists, and a wide audience across the nation. The teaching, mentoring, writing, reflection, engaged conversations, and ethical formation at the Center informs both individual and collective applications of the core principles of faith towards the advancement of the common good. 

The Center advances a greater understanding of religion’s contributive potential in politics and public service; through research and teaching and convening conversations between faith, civic, and political leaders; along with exceptional practitioners. How can the “faith factor” be a positive one in our decision-making and problem solving?  

At this time of great division and suffering, Georgetown believes that faith can be an essential asset and factor in pursuing a path not just going further right or left, but in going deeper. And we will try to be faithful to the message of Jesus, in his first mission statement in the little town of Nazareth that his gospel will bring “good news” to the poor.  

We will explore how the core faith principle to “love our neighbors as ourselves”—with no exceptions, and especially the ones different from us—crosses all our religious traditions and should shape our public policies. The Center will strengthen Georgetown’s place as the leading forum for understanding the role of faith in our public life and advancing a shared commitment to the common good—our deepest vocation.