Disciples News Service

Watkins invited to panel at Brookings Institution

General Minister and President Sharon Watkins has been invited to an April conversation at the Brookings Institution about immigration values. She is part of a small group of  religious leaders, community based organizers, public opinion experts, and academics.

According to Brookings,  “The goals for this discussion are to understand what role religious leaders are playing in the debate, how their religious convictions shape their policy positions, what their priorities are, how they are engaging their own communities, and where the differences in policy preferences lie. We also hope to explore how religious themes and commitments resonate with Americans as they ponder the choices the nation is making on immigration — and how views rooted in faith affect their attitudes toward immigration reform.”

This discussion will complement the findings of the Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey, released by the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings on March 21.