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Events: Roundtable 2005 Annual Conference

From the White House to the State House: Federalism and the Faith-Based Initiative

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Date: Dec 08, 2005
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Program
News Coverage
New Research
Conference Transcripts

The Roundtable's 2005 conference -- "From the White House to the State House: Federalism and the Faith-Based Initiative" -- provided a comprehensive update on the progress of state and local government partnerships with faith-based social service providers.


The conference -- held in Atlanta on December 8th -- included a 50-state scan of such activity, the latest on the legal environment affecting government support of religious groups, and first-hand reports from prominent federal, state and local officials who are involved in faith-based initiatives. In addition, the conference luncheon program examined the role of faith-based groups in disaster relief efforts following this year's devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes.



Conference Program:

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Conference News Coverage:
Story: Roundtable Conference Takes Pulse of Faith Initiative

More states have promoted faith-based initiatives in the past two years, but it is less clear as to whether this activity has translated into more involvement by religious-based organizations in the delivery of government-funded social services, according to new information and research presented at the Roundtable's 2005 conference. Most of the activity in the states was found to involve legislation and administrative advancements. "Faith-based initiatives have drawn greater attention from the states over the past two years," according to Richard P. Nathan, director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, which is overseeing the Roundtable project. "But the tight state budgets of the recent past continue to dampen the growth of new social programs – faith-based or otherwise."

Click here to read more on the story by Roundtable Washington Correspondent Anne Farris.

Story: Roundtable Panel Explores FBOs in Disaster Response

Following the devastating trio of storms that battered the Gulf Coast this year, Americans saw faith- based organizations -- both large and small -- rush to the aid of evacuees and rescue workers. Among them were the countless local churches from Florida to Texas that opened their doors to displaced residents seeking shelter. But the involvement of such groups has raised many issues, including whether faith-based organizations should be reimbursed with public funds for their relief expenses, and to what extent should government depend on such groups when disaster strikes.

Click here to read more by Roundtable correspondent Claire Hughes.

Story: Legal Environment for Faith-Based Initiative Still Has Pitfalls

Legal pitfalls still confront the public funding of religious social service providers, according to the latest update on the "State of the Law" published by the Roundtable. Among them are the differences that are often found between federal and state laws, regulations and policies, according to the 2005 edition of the report. The report also cited three legal cases which have further defined the boundaries affecting government partnerships with religious organizations.

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New Research:


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Report: "The State of the Law 2005 -- Federal-State Legal Relations: The Potential for Cooperation and Conflict"

This report provides a comprehensive review of recent developments in constitutional and statutory law concerning relationships between church and state.

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Report: "The Policy Environment for Faith-Based Social Services in the United States: What has Changed Since 2002? Results of a 50 State Study"

This report offers an update on the status of state government partnerships with faith-based social service providers throughout the nation.

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Conference Transcripts:

Welcome, Opening Remarks & Opening Plenary Session: "Federalism and the Faith-Based Initiative"
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Morning Plenary Session: "The State of the Law 2005 -- Federal-State Legal Relations: The Potential for Cooperation and Conflict"
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Luncheon Program: "The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Disaster Response"
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First Afternoon Plenary Session: "An Insider's Look at Faith-Based Initiatives in Georgia"
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Second Afternoon Plenary Session: "A View from the States on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations: What has changed since 2002?"
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Closing Session: "Conference Highlights and Reflections"
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