Upcoming and Recent Events

Upcoming Events

Politics, Polarization, & Peacemaking

Race, Extremism, & Reconciliation: Helping pastors heal the wounds of our divided nation in their churches and communities.

July 25, 2024 – 8.30am – 3.30 pm

On July 25, the American Values Coalition is hosting a day-long conference in Atlanta on Politics, Polarization, & Peacemaking at Mercer University. The meeting targets pastors and congregation leaders and will provide tools to help heal the wounds in our divided communities. Speakers include Elizabeth Neumann, Justin Giboney, Troy Jackson, Daniel Bennett, Caleb Campbell, and Phil Herndon.

FLYER Politics, Polarization, & Peacemaking

Registration and additional information here.

Recent Events

Politics, Polarization, and Peacebuilding for Faith Leaders – A Faith Forward Network Webinar with Pastor Caleb Campbell

April 25, 2024 – 1.30 – 2.30 pm

A webinar for pastors who want to faithfully disciple their congregations, staying true to a Christ-centered gospel of love amid increasing political divisions. This conversation helped pastors and ministry leaders confront polarization and toxic division in their churches, communities, and denominations. The content was born out of the successes and failures of pastors and ministry leaders seeking to engage their polarized Christian neighbors with deep love. 

Pastor Campbell is the Lead Pastor at Desert Springs Bible Church, in Phoenix, AZ. He is the founder and director of Disarming Leviathan Ministries which produces a podcast, explainer videos, and training material to equip people to engage divisions with their congregations.

A Service of Prayer for our Nation

February 8, 2024 – 6.30 – 8.00 pm

The Carter Center, Cecil B. Day Chapel

We live in an increasingly divided society. How can people of faith help us to ease these divisions and guide us to more peaceful ground?

On February 8, 2024 at The Carter Center, senior faith leaders and other community members came together to pray for our cherished nation, especially as we enter the election year.

We were reminded of our common responsibilities to God and our neighbors to act with love and kindness to all, as we are each entrusted with the care of our nation, our children, and the generations to come.
The event is organized by Faith Forward Democracy, a multifaith, nonpartisan network of faith leaders and laity in Georgia who are united in concern for our increasingly divided nation and who believe that faith communities can make a positive difference.

Faith Forward Democracy is part of the Georgia Democracy Resilience Network,which is supported by The Carter Center.

November 3-5: Faith Forward Democracy Day of Prayer

How can we use our places of faith to disagree well 

On the weekend of November 3-5, twelve months before the 2024 presidential election, we ask faith leaders in Georgia to lead their congregations in reflection on what can be done to reduce the sense of division that is afflicting our country.   

By praying together, we can begin to help ourselves, our families and our communities reduce the temperature in our country and ensure a peaceful democratic election process for all. 

If this is of interest, please share this information in your networks and please sign up for more information on events and activities. 

We offer this sample prayer below. 

Sample Prayer for Our Nation 

Loving and Gracious God, 

We give you thanks for this, our cherished nation that you have entrusted to our care for our children and generations to come. 

We live in a time of disharmony and are troubled by our growing divides.  We pray for the unity and protection of our country in the year ahead.   

Remind us that no matter our beliefs or our views, we are all made in your image, even those with whom we disagree.  Together, let each of us commit to seek harmony and reject division.  Let us be inspired by the better angels of our natures.    

Help us as people of faith to remember our calling to peace and to find the wisdom to make our places of worship into places of healing.  Let us reunite in a common commitment to our shared democratic norms and the rejection of violence. 

Give us the courage to help ourselves and others to the path of respect and love. 

Give us the strength to listen to those with different views so we may better understand their hopes and fears.   

Give us an open heart to find common ground and, where we cannot, to disagree well. 

We pray for our leaders so they may guide us with love and wisdom for the betterment of all. 

These things we ask in the name of all that is holy and good.