National Religious Freedom Day: Faith and Freedom in a Fractured America

January 16, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Knight TV Studio
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
National Religious Freedom Day: Faith and Freedom in a Fractured America @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

2018 brings heightened urgency to understand, advocate for and defend the first of America’s First Amendment freedoms: free exercise and non-establishment of religion. In a time when our liberties are being threatened by polarized perspectives and exclusionary politics, we are reminded daily that our country has no freedom at all unless we have freedom for all.

To step together into this challenge, the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute invites you to join us in recognizing and celebrating National Religious Freedom Day with a discussion on “Faith and Freedom in a Fractured America.”

This program will explore the intersection of difficult issues around faith and freedom in today’s fractured democracy. Featured panelists will illuminate the issues from a broad spectrum of religious and ideological perspectives. This experience will set the stage for continued dialogue and community-based workshops throughout 2018.


  • Sarah Levin, Senior Legislative Representative, Secular Coalition for America
  • Aesha Mehta, Associate Director of Programs, Hindu American Foundation
  • Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Imam, ADAMS Center
  • Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians
  • Andre Towner, Minister to Engage Communities, DC Baptist Convention

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jennifer Hawks, Associate General Counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

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