January 29, 2018

Pursuing Civility, the Common Good, and Bipartisan Progress in a Divided Nation

with Rep. Delaney, Rep. Dingell, and Sen. Scott

Senator Tim Scott speaks to the audience at the Capitol Visitors Center.

Georgetown University invited young Catholic policy professionals to hear from members in both parties about the urgency and opportunities to work together in principled and productive ways in this polarized political environment.

This Salt and Light Gathering and reception in the Capitol Visitor Center featured brief reflections from members of Congress on how they build relationships, practice civility, promote respect across political and ideological lines, and make a difference in tough times.

This unique effort was hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University for Catholic staffers and other public policy professionals under 40. This timely discussion sought to encourage and enrich the work of young policy leaders on Capitol Hill and beyond.

This gathering was co-sponsored by the Democracy Fund, Institute for Politics and Public Service, and Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.


Representative John Delaney (D-MD) represents Maryland's sixth congressional district and serves on the House Financial Services Committee and Joint Economic Committee.

Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI)‚Äč represents Michigan's twelfth congressional district and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) is the junior senator from South Carolina and serves on the Senate Finance Committee. He is the first African-American senator from South Carolina.