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Oct 04

Religious Practice and Civic Life: What the Research Says

Location:

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

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Many have observed that Americans are a highly religious people, but the role of religious practice in contributing to individual and social welfare in the United States has not been adequately examined. What measurable effects does religious practice have on other aspects of life, such as civic engagement, health, or family? How do researchers explain these relationships?

"Religious Practice and Civic Life: What the Research Says" will be the first in a new series of annual conferences dedicated to sharing high-quality social science data and analysis addressing these questions and to exploring next steps for research that will inform American public discussion. The conference is sponsored by The Heritage Foundation, with research partners Child Trends and the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and funding provided by the John Templeton Foundation. Join leading researchers in the field as they explore the role of religious practice in civic life, both in promoting positive engagement and preventing negative outcomes like delinquency and substance abuse.

 

More About the Speakers

9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Introduction

9:45 a.m. Opening Session: Religious Practice and Civic Engagement: A Demographic Overview and Emerging Data

Tom W. Smith, Ph.D.
Director of the General Social Survey, 
National Opinion Research Center,
University of Chicago

Christopher Bader, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, 
Baylor University 

Carson Mencken, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, 
Baylor University

Discussant:
Jeffrey Evans, Ph.D.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

10:45 a.m. Behavioral Outcomes Panel: Preventing the Negative

John Wallace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Work,
University of Pittsburgh 

Scott Desmond, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology,
Purdue University

Jeffrey Ulmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology,
Pennsylvania State University

Discussant:
W. Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology,
University of Virginia

12:00 noon Keynote Address and Luncheon: Myths about American Religion

Robert Wuthnow, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Director,
Center for the Study of Religion,
Princeton University

1:30 p.m. Behavioral Outcomes Panel: Promoting the Positive

Marc Musick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology,
University of Texas at Austin

Sung Joon Jang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology,
Baylor University

Byron Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Co-Director,
Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion

Discussant:
Patrick Fagan, Ph.D.
William H. G. Fitzgerald Senior Research Fellow in Family and Cultural Issues,
The Heritage Foundation

3:00 p.m. Closing Session: A Discussion of Methodology

David Dollahite
Professor of Family Life,
Brigham Young University

Roger Finke
Professor of Sociology & Religious Studies,
The Pennsylvania State University

Annette Mahoney
Professor of Psychology,
Bowling Green State University

Mark Regnerus
Assistant Professor of Sociology,
University of Texas at Austin

Moderator:
Kristin Moore, Ph.D.
Senior Scholar and Senior Program Area Director,
Child Trends

4:00 p.m. Discussion

4:30 p.m. Adjournment