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Mark Shields and other panelists at 2018 Convening on overcoming polarization

National Leadership Convenings

Since its founding in 2013, the Initiative has held four historic National Leadership Convenings bringing together dozens of diverse leaders from differing political, ideological, and ecclesial perspectives. The panels, small group discussions, and individual conversations held at the Convenings exemplify the Initiative’s mission to promote dialogue, build bridges, and encourage a new generation of leaders to build the common good in the Church and in society.


Panelists of the June 14, 2019 Public Dialogue on "Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation."

Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation

This Public Dialogue focused on the often-overlooked costs of the clergy sexual abuse crisis on the Catholic Church’s credibility and impact on public life in the United States, asking how we can repair the Catholic community’s capacity to defend human life and dignity and pursue justice and peace…


Why Do Pope Francis and Catholic Social Thought Matter Now? (Video)

August 30, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation (Video)

June 14, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes

Attitudes, Behaviors, and Strategies for Moving Forward (Video)

June 6, 2018

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes