Religious Freedom and the Common Good

2018 Religious Freedom Annual Review
Religious Freedom and the Common Good

June 20-21, 2018
Organized by
International Center for Law and Religion Studies
J. Reuben Clark Law School
Brigham Young University

12 hours of Utah CLE credit have been approved/one hour of civility credit is pending approval

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

8:30 AM Registration
9 - 10 AM

Keynote Session (Pardoe Theater, Harris Fine Arts Center)

Keynote Address

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, General Authority Seventy and Senior President, Quorums of the Seventy

10 - 10:15 AM BREAK
10:15 - 10:45 AM

General Session: Why Religious Freedom Matters to Me
Terryl & Fiona Givens, authors of The God Who Weeps, The Crucible of Doubt, and The Christ Who Heals

10:45 - 11 AM Walk to Wilkinson Center for Breakout Sessions
11 - 11:45 AM

Choice of 4 Workshops (repeated in the afternoon):

Media Stream: Religious Freedom 101 for Journalists, Part 1: How did we get here?
   OR
Communicating About Religious Freedom with Millennials
   OR
Recent Religious Freedom Developments
   OR
Religious Freedom Issues Facing American Muslims

11:45 AM - 1 PM Lunch
1 - 2:30 PM

General Discussion Session: How Can Religion Contribute to the Common Good? (Varsity Theater, Wilkinson Center)
Moderator: Michael Frandsen, Director, Public Affairs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Erik Owens, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College
Michael Wear, Founder, Public Square Strategies and author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America
Holly Hollman, General Counsel, Baptist Joint Committee
Angela Carmella, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

2:30 - 2:45 PM BREAK
2:45 - 3:30 PM

Choice of 4 Workshops:

Media Stream: Religious Freedom 101 for Journalists, Part 2: Where Are We Headed?
   OR
Communicating About Religious Freedom with Millennials
   OR
Recent Legal Religious Freedom Developments
   OR
Religious Freedom Issues Facing American Muslims

3:45 - 5:15 PM General Session: Finding Common Ground and the Common Good on Religious Liberty and LGBTQ Rights (Varsity Theater, Wilkinson Center)

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

8:30 AM Registration
9 - 9:45 AM

Keynote Session (Pardoe Theater, Harris Fine Arts Center)

Keynote Address
Emma Green
, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

9:45 - 10 AM Break
10 - 11 AM

General Session (Pardoe Theater, Harris Fine Arts Center)

Why Religious Freedom Matters to Me
The Reverend Gene Rivers
, Co-founder, the Boston TenPoint Coalition, political analyst, commentator, and lecturer
Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Social Science and Policy of the William J. Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies, and lecturer, Harvard University

What Can a Lay Person Do to Protect Religious Freedom?
Neill F. Marriott
, formerly Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

11 - 11:15 AM Walk to Wilkinson Center for Breakout Sessions
11:15 AM - Noon

Choice of 5 Workshops (repeated in the afternoon, with the exception of Political Engagement, which is in the a.m. only):

Media Stream: The Seven Deadly Sins of the Religion Beat
   OR
Religious Freedom and Media Coverage in Higher Education
   OR

Teaching About Religion in Schools
   OR
Political Engagement: How Can I Get Involved? (ONE session only)
   OR
Fostering Faith and Community at BYU with LGBTQ Students

 

12 - 1 PM Lunch
1 - 2:30 PM

General Discussion Session:

Getting it Right: Media Coverage of Religious Freedom
Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar, Center for Security, Race & Rights, Rutgers University Law School
Emma Green, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Holly Hollman, General Counsel and Associate Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee
Terry Mattingly, Syndicated Columnist, Senior Fellow for Media and Religion, King's College, New York
Bobby Ross Jr., Chief Correspondent, The Christian Chronicle
 

2:45 - 3:30 PM

Choice of 4 Workshops

Media Stream: Reliable Sources
   OR
Religious Freedom and Media Coverage in Higher Education
   OR
Teaching About Religion in Schools
   OR
Fostering Faith and Community at BYU with LGBTQ Students

3:45 - 5 PM

General Session

Bridging Cultural and Personal Divides: Creating a Culture of Civility and Respect
Kristen Looney
, Director, Religious Freedom Center, Newseum Institute
Tom Christofferson, Author, That We May Be One
Brett Scharffs, Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU
 

5 - 5:30 PM Concluding Remarks