US Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will be among a group of panelists discussing President George W. Bush's proposal on faith-based social initiatives at a roundtable March 19 at Boston College.

Next Up for Boisi Center: Faith-Based Social Programs

US Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will be among a group of panelists discussing President George W. Bush's proposal on faith-based social initiatives at a roundtable March 19 at Boston College.

Sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, the event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 101.

Prof. Alan Wolfe, the center's director, will moderate the discussion, at which Frank will be joined by Lynch School of Education Associate Dean Dennis Shirley, Boston University Professor Charles Glenn and Wendy Kaminer, public policy fellow at Radcliffe Institute.

The panelists will explore a range of issues related to Bush's proposal: Can faith-based programs help provide social services to the needy? Does the provision of funding to churches to offer social services violate constitutional principles? Does it release more church money for religious pursuits and enhance the prophetic voice of these churches, or do partnerships between the federal government and churches ultimately undermine the prophetic voice of religious leaders by creating yet another special interest group dependent on federal funding?

The center also will sponsor an appearance on March 22 by United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John T. Noonan Jr. [see "Postings,"].

For more information, contact the Boisi Center at ext.2-1860 or by e-mail at publife@bc.edu.

-Sean Smith

 

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