Ave Maria University President Jim Towey will be one of the panelists in a discussion Thursday in Dallas about the importance of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and its implications for church-state relations.
The Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential History will present a conversation with every director of that office. President Towey worked in the George W. Bush administration. Other speakers include other former directors John DiIulio, Joshua DuBois, Jay Hein and Melissa Rogers.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in McCord Auditorium of Dallas Hall on the SMU Campus.
In 2001, President George W. Bush established the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. He tasked it with helping the federal government coordinate a national effort to equip and expand the work of faith-based and community organizations to better meet the social needs of America's communities. This office, now known as the Office of Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has continued under the executive leadership of President Obama. This symposium will explore the importance of this Office as part of the 21st century presidency and its implications for church-state relations.