Mark Shields and other panelists at 2018 Convening on overcoming polarization

National Leadership Convenings

Since its founding in 2013, the Initiative has held three 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.


Conference Panel with Mark Shields, David Brooks, Terrence Johnson, Cherie Harder, and Michelle Boorstein

Though Many, One: Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought

On June 3 through 6, the Initiative hosted an unprecedented leadership Convening, “Though Many, One: Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought,” which brought to Georgetown 100 emerging and established Catholic leaders with diverse backgrounds and differing ecclesial, political, and…


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

June 6, 2018

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes

Lessons Learned, Continuing Challenges, and Next Steps (Video)

June 6, 2018

Duration: 52 minutes

How Do Principles of Catholic Social Thought Bring Us Together? (Video)

June 5, 2018

Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes