A series of three Good Faith Forums in October will engage in conversations about faith and politics.

Three forums will take place at 1 p.m. EDT / noon CDT on Thursday, Oct. 8, 15 and 22, with each forum being livestreamed to GFM’s Facebook page.

These events are produced in partnership with Interfaith Alliance. Led by Rabbi Jack Moline, Interfaith Alliance is the only national interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America.

Good Faith Media CEO Mitch Randall will moderate all three forums.

During the Oct. 8 forum, panelists Jennifer Butler, Frederick Clarkson and Rob Schenck will focus on how God is not a Republican or a Democrat.

Butler is CEO of Faith in Public Life. An ordained minister, she is the founding executive director of FPL and the former chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. Before leading FPL, Butler spent 10 years working in the field of international human rights representing the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the United Nations.

Clarkson is a senior research analyst at Political Research Associates. He has written about politics and religion for more than three decades and is the author, co-author or editor of several books including Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America and Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy.

Schenck is president and founder of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute. He is an ordained evangelical minister who served a two-year term as chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance, America’s oldest association of independent evangelical clergy. Schenck is now an executive adviser to the Office of the Secretary General to the World Evangelical Alliance.

The second forum on Oct. 15 will focus on the uniqueness of this election, featuring panelists Randall Balmer, Bruce Gourley and Lori Walke.

William Blake, Sharon Brous and Wendell Griffen will discuss the question, “What are the real issues in the upcoming election?” during the final forum on Oct. 22.

You can sign up for reminder emails related to the forums and can submit questions to the panelists in advance of the forum here; inquiries also can be submitted during the live event via Facebook chat.

GFM staff will curate questions submitted in advance and during the event. The moderator will present selected questions to the panelists.

In July, three Good Faith Forums focused on racial justice, engaging panelists from across the U.S. in discussing systemic racism, white privilege, white supremacy, Christian nationalism and policing.

In August, forums focused on public education, with panelists discussing restarting school during a pandemic, public education as a foundation of democracy and privatization efforts.

Recordings of these forums are available for viewing via the GFM Facebook page and Vimeo channel.

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