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Wednesday, August 26
 

TBA

 
Thursday, August 27
 

TBA

10:00am EDT

10:30am EDT

How Does Science Work? A Brief Introduction to the History, Philosophy and Practice of Science

Building the foundation for discussions on how forefront science offers new insights into what it means to be human, science historian Melinda Baldwin (Harvard University) will outline how science works — peer review, funding, ethical oversight, methodology — while science writer Rachel Gross (Slate) will review the unique qualities necessary for strong science reporting. Together, they provide insights into the world of science that will broaden attendees’ perspectives for the panels that follow.


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer Wiseman

Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman is the director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. She is also an astrophysicist at NASA, where she studies the formation of stars and planetary systems using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. Dr. Wiseman studied physics... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Baldwin

Melinda Baldwin

Lecturer, Harvard University
Melinda Baldwin completed her PhD at Princeton University and has held postdoctoral positions at York University and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her new book, Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal (University of Chicago Press, 2015) examines the foundation... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Gross

Rachel Gross

Science Writer, Slate Magazine
Rachel Gross is a Washington, DC-based science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, New Scientist, and NPR. She is currently an editorial assistant at Slate, and the social chair of the DC Science Writers Association. In her... Read More →


Thursday August 27, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

12:00pm EDT

Lunch Session: What Does It Mean to Be Human? Implications of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Artificial intelligence and robotics are at the forefront of computer science research and can be leveraged for a host of real-world applications. These advances raise significant questions about human nature and the ethics of creating artificial beings endowed with human-like features and intelligence. Drawing on his own innovative research into evolving intelligence and the scientific virtues, Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science & Engineering Robert T. Pennock (Michigan State University) will explore the possibilities of this very present future.


Speakers
avatar for Robert T. Pennock

Robert T. Pennock

Professor of Philosophy of Science and Computer Science & Engineering, Michigan State University
Pennock is a Professor at Michigan State University, where he is on the faculty of Lyman Briggs College and the Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science & Engineering.  He is a PI of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.  His research involves both empirical... Read More →


Thursday August 27, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

1:30pm EDT

What Does It Mean to be Human? Implications of Genetic Engineering

Ever since the human genome was mapped at the turn of this century, ethical concerns have followed. Gene-editing techniques using enzymes to essentially cut and paste select genetic sequences (including the unprecedented efficiency of the CRISPR/Cas9 technique) raise new concerns about the unknown consequences of altering a person’s genome, even to treat potentially devastating genetic disorders like Huntington’s Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia and Neurofibromatosis. In this panel, Douglas Lauffenburger, professor, MIT and Ted Peters, professor, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences will introduce the science and grapple with its most pressing implications.


Moderators
avatar for Christine Scheller

Christine Scheller

Senior Communications Associate, AAAS|DoSER
Christine directs communications for the AAAS|DoSER program and administers its Science for Religion Reporters project. A veteran journalist, Christine has reported on intersections of religion and public life for a variety of outlets including Urban Faith, Sojourners, Christianity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Lauffenburger

Douglas Lauffenburger

Professor, MIT
Douglas A. Lauffenburger is Ford Professor of Bioengineering, and co-founder and Head of the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, with affiliate appointment in the Department of Biology; he was a founding co-director of the MIT Computational & Systems Biology Initiative in... Read More →
avatar for Ted Peters

Ted Peters

Professor, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
Peters is Research Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and co-editor with Robert John Russell of the journal, Theology and Science, at the Center for Theology and... Read More →


Thursday August 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

3:00pm EDT

What Does It Mean to be Human? Implications of the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman will explore new findings in the search for planets and life beyond Earth with Harvard evolutionary biologist and Episcopal priest Lucas Mix. No longer constrained to science fiction, the search for new extrasolar planets is accelerating at an incredible rate as new worlds are discovered, some of them potentially habitable. This discussion will consider implications of these new findings for our understanding of the significance of life in the universe.


Moderators
avatar for Se  Kim

Se Kim

Deputy Chief Program Officer, AAAS

Speakers
avatar for Lucas Mix

Lucas Mix

Researcher, Harvard Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Episcopal priest
Rev. Lucas Mix, Ph.D. studies the variety of concepts of life in science, theology, and philosophy. He earned his doctorate in evolutionary biology from Harvard in 2004, studying the evolution of photosynthesis. He has been involved with the NASA astrobiology program since 1999 and... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer Wiseman

Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman is the director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. She is also an astrophysicist at NASA, where she studies the formation of stars and planetary systems using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. Dr. Wiseman studied physics... Read More →


Thursday August 27, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

4:30pm EDT

Pre-Conference Ends
Thursday August 27, 2015 4:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Loews Philadelphia Hotel 1200 Market St.

5:30pm EDT

Please be sure to stop by for a sneak peak of the exhibitor room!

Our exhibitors can connect you with powerful sources and tools to help you cover faith and values.


Exhibitors
avatar for Reason Rally 2016

Reason Rally 2016

Contact: Shanon Nebo443-370-7420 | secularsunshine@gmail.com | @reasonrally
avatar for AAAS_DoSER

AAAS_DoSER

Contact: Christine A. Scheller 732-948-7327 | cschelle@aaas.org | @AAAS_DoSER
avatar for Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center

Contact: Stefan Cornibert202-419-4372 | SCornibert@PewResearch.org | @PewReligion 
avatar for Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Contact: Andrew Walther 203-752-4253 | andrew.walther@kofc.org | @KofC
avatar for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Contact: Daniel Darling 615-224-2495 | ddarling@erlc.com | @ERLC 
avatar for Pontifical University of Santa Croce

Pontifical University of Santa Croce

Contact: Michael Gilstrap646-558-6491 | mgilstrap@universityholycross.org | @UnivSantaCroce
avatar for Interfaith Family

Interfaith Family

Contact: Liz Polay-Wettengel617-581-6869 | lizpw@interfaithfamily.com | @interfaithfam   
avatar for Columbia Magazine

Columbia Magazine

Contact: Alton J. Pelowski203-752-4562 | alton.pelowski@kofc.org | @KofC 
avatar for Missio

Missio

Powered by the Pontifical Mission Societies
Contact: Monica Yehle 212-563-8700 | MYehle@PROPFAITH.ORG | @1missionfamily... Read More →
avatar for Loyola Press

Loyola Press

Contact: Andrew Yankech773-281-1818 | yankech@loyolapress.com | @loyolapress
avatar for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Contact: Eric Hawkins | 801-240-0298 | ehawkins@ldschurch.org | @LDSchurch
avatar for Columbia Theological Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary

Contact: Michael Thompson404-687-4530 | ThompsonM@CTSnet.edu | @CTSeminary


Thursday August 27, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

6:30pm EDT

Dinner (RNA Conference begins)

On the Eve of Pope Francis' Visit to the United States, we take a look at the views of Americans and American Catholics. 

Presented by Marist Poll:

  • Mary Griffith, director, media initiatives and polling news, Marist Poll 
  • Jaime Lynne Bishop, director, research and data visualization, Marist Poll

Sponsors
avatar for Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Contact: Andrew Walther 203-752-4253 | andrew.walther@kofc.org | @KofC


Thursday August 27, 2015 6:30pm - 7:45pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

8:00pm EDT

Dessert & Drinks

Sony pictures presents movie clips from "Risen," which picks up where "The Passion of the Christ" left off with high-ranking Roman military officer Clavius on the detective assignment of all time: to disprove news of Jesus' resurrection.


Speakers
avatar for Rich Peluso

Rich Peluso

Senior Vice President, AFFIRM Films / Sony Pictures Entertainment
Peluso is the senior vice president of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) focused on the development, production, acquisition and marketing of faith-based and inspirational films. These films span a wide range of genres and budgets and enjoy the various... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday August 27, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor
 
Friday, August 28
 

TBA

7:15am EDT

Please be sure to stop by and visit our exhibitors!

Our exhibitors can connect you with powerful sources and tools to help you cover faith and values.


Exhibitors
avatar for Reason Rally 2016

Reason Rally 2016

Contact: Shanon Nebo443-370-7420 | secularsunshine@gmail.com | @reasonrally
avatar for AAAS_DoSER

AAAS_DoSER

Contact: Christine A. Scheller 732-948-7327 | cschelle@aaas.org | @AAAS_DoSER
avatar for Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center

Contact: Stefan Cornibert202-419-4372 | SCornibert@PewResearch.org | @PewReligion 
avatar for Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Contact: Andrew Walther 203-752-4253 | andrew.walther@kofc.org | @KofC
avatar for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Contact: Daniel Darling 615-224-2495 | ddarling@erlc.com | @ERLC 
avatar for Pontifical University of Santa Croce

Pontifical University of Santa Croce

Contact: Michael Gilstrap646-558-6491 | mgilstrap@universityholycross.org | @UnivSantaCroce
avatar for Interfaith Family

Interfaith Family

Contact: Liz Polay-Wettengel617-581-6869 | lizpw@interfaithfamily.com | @interfaithfam   
avatar for Columbia Magazine

Columbia Magazine

Contact: Alton J. Pelowski203-752-4562 | alton.pelowski@kofc.org | @KofC 
avatar for Missio

Missio

Powered by the Pontifical Mission Societies
Contact: Monica Yehle 212-563-8700 | MYehle@PROPFAITH.ORG | @1missionfamily... Read More →
avatar for Loyola Press

Loyola Press

Contact: Andrew Yankech773-281-1818 | yankech@loyolapress.com | @loyolapress
avatar for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Contact: Eric Hawkins | 801-240-0298 | ehawkins@ldschurch.org | @LDSchurch
avatar for Columbia Theological Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary

Contact: Michael Thompson404-687-4530 | ThompsonM@CTSnet.edu | @CTSeminary


Friday August 28, 2015 7:15am - 7:45am EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

8:00am EDT

Breakfast panel: World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit

Officials involved in planning and communications related to Pope Francis’ visit will discuss details of his highly anticipated trip to the United States. This practical, nuts-and-bolts panel will cover important aspects such as estimated crowd sizes, media accreditation and access, logistics, security, transportation and the daily papal schedule. The panel will also help to explain the significance of the World Meeting of Families and the planned events.


Speakers
avatar for Donna Farrell

Donna Farrell

Executive Director, World Meeting of Families--Philadelphia 2015
Farrell is the Executive Director of the global event that will bring Pope Francis and millions of visitors to Philadelphia in September 2015. Farrell first worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Office for Communications from 1999 until she joined Independence Blue Cross... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Gavin

Kenneth Gavin

Director, Office for Communications, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Kenneth A. Gavin serves as the Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Press Secretary for Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. His responsibilities include immediate oversight for internal and external strategic communications planning, development, and execution... Read More →
avatar for Meg Kane

Meg Kane

Vice President, Brian Communications
Kane has brought a distinct perspective and terrific media relationships to her role at Brian Communications since 2011. Kane is currently helping to lead strategic communications and planning efforts for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, which will serve as Pope... Read More →
avatar for Helen Osman

Helen Osman

Secretary of Communications, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Osman is secretary of communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She oversees the offices of Catholic News Service, Creative Services and Marketing, and the grant process of the Catholic Communication Campaign. Currently she is coordinating all media aspects... Read More →


Friday August 28, 2015 8:00am - 9:45am EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

10:00am EDT

Pope Francis: Myths and Realities
Since the night of his election in March 2013, Pope Francis has been the source of intense speculation and even confusion in some quarters. Four papal observers — two university professors and two journalist-authors of books on Pope Francis — will help to sort out the facts from the myths to provide a balanced understanding of Pope Francis and his papacy.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Erlandson

Greg Erlandson

President & Publisher, Our Sunday Visitor
Erlandson is the president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, a not-for-profit Catholic company that publishes OSV Newsweekly and other periodicals, trade books, parish resources and religious education curricula. Prior to that, Erlandson served first as the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alejandro Bermúdez

Alejandro Bermúdez

Executive Director, Catholic News Agency
Born in Lima, Bermúdez spent his childhood in Argentina. He is currently the Executive Director of the Catholic News Agency, based in Denver; of ACI Prensa (Spanish) and ACI Digital (Portuguese;) commentator for the New York Times during Pope Benedict’s visit to the US, and host... Read More →
avatar for Austen Ivereigh

Austen Ivereigh

Coordinator, Catholic Voices
Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist and commentator on religious and political affairs who regularly appears on TV and radio. Most recently, he is the author of a highly praised biography of Pope Francis, “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope” (2014... Read More →
avatar for Maryann Cusimano Love

Maryann Cusimano Love

Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America
Cusimano Love is a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations at The Catholic University of America. She serves on: the U.S. Catholic Bishops' International Justice and Peace Committee, the Advisory Board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, and the Core Group for the... Read More →
avatar for Rev. John Paul Wauck

Rev. John Paul Wauck

Professor, Pontifical University of Santa Croce
The Rev. John Wauck is a Chicago native, studied history and literature at Harvard University and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce. Prior to ordination, he wrote speeches for the attorney general of the United States and the governor... Read More →


Friday August 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

11:45am EDT

Lunch and panel: What to Expect from Francis: An Insider's View
Pope Francis has deep roots in Latin America and has become an international media personality. This panel will look at both of those aspects in detail, with these two panelists sharing their extensive knowledge of Pope Francis, and what we can expect from this trip and his papacy.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Arasa

Daniel Arasa

Professor, Pontifical University of Santa Croce
Arasa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, a M.A. in Television and Radio from the Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D in Social Institutional Communications by the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Guzmán Miguel Carriquiry Lecour

Guzmán Miguel Carriquiry Lecour

Vice President, Pontifical Commission for Latin America
Prof. Dr. Carriquiry Lecour, Born in Montevideo (Uruguay), has worked in the service of the Holy See for the past 40 years. In May 2011, he was appointed by Benedict XVI to Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (and is also the first layman to occupy this level... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Thomas Rosica

Rev. Thomas Rosica

English Language Assistant, Holy See Press Office
The Rev. Rosica, CSB, has been the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network since 2003. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in 2009, Fr. Rosica also served as Media Attach... Read More →



Friday August 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

1:15pm EDT

Pope Francis and the Meaning of Family
With the World Meeting of Families and a Synod of Bishops in Rome only weeks away, three experts will discuss why the family is such a priority for Pope Francis.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Hasson

Mary Hasson

Fellow and Director of the Catholic Women's Forum, Ethics & Public Policy Center
Hasson is a fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, an initiative responding to Pope Francis’s call for Catholic women to assume a higher profile within the Church and to think with the Church in addressing the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Helen Alvaré

Helen Alvaré

Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Alvaré is a professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches family law, law and religion, and property law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, nonmarital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor... Read More →
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
Since becoming supreme knight in 2000, Carl Anderson has led the Knights of Columbus to charitable records. During his tenure, $1.55 billion and 691 million hours of service have been donated, with $173.5 million and 71.5 million hours in 2014. He has met a number of times with Pope... Read More →
avatar for Bishop Jean Laffitte

Bishop Jean Laffitte

Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family
Bishop Jean Laffitte is secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is the Vatican organization responsible for organizing the World Meeting of Families. He has also served as vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. He was born in France. He studied philosophy... Read More →



Friday August 28, 2015 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

3:00pm EDT

Ethnicity, Family and the Changing Face of the U.S. Catholic Church
There is no question that the face of the Church in the United States is changing rapidly. This panel will discuss the factors that will shape American Catholicism in the decades ahead.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Reyes

Jonathan Reyes

Executive Director of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes is the executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in which capacity he oversees the relevant policy development, educational programing and grant resources for the Conference... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Archbishop José H. Gomez

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Archbishop, Los Angeles
Archbishop Gomez was born in 1951 in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, he had served as Archbishop of San Antonio and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver. As a priest, Archbishop Gomez ministered primarily to lay people... Read More →
avatar for Mark Gray

Mark Gray

Director, CARA Catholic Polls, Georgetown University
Gray is the director of CARA Catholic Polls (CCP) and a senior research associate at CARA. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Methodologically, Gray specializes in survey research, trend analysis and cross-sectional... Read More →
avatar for W. Bradford Wilcox

W. Bradford Wilcox

Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. As an undergraduate, Wilcox was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia and... Read More →


Friday August 28, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

4:45pm EDT

Bishops' Panel on Pope Francis and His Visit
Three Archbishops involved in different parts of the Pope Francis visit — to the United Nations, to the World Meeting of Families, and his meeting with the Bishops of the United States — will discuss what media professionals need to know about these papal events and provide context for where they fit into the Pope’s pilgrimage as a whole — to his papacy, to the Catholic Church in America and to American culture.

Moderators
avatar for Rev. John Paul Wauck

Rev. John Paul Wauck

Professor, Pontifical University of Santa Croce
The Rev. John Wauck is a Chicago native, studied history and literature at Harvard University and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce. Prior to ordination, he wrote speeches for the attorney general of the United States and the governor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza

Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza

Archbishop of Suacia, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
Archbishop Auza was born in Talibon, Republic of the Philippines, and was ordained a priest in 1985. He earned a doctorate in Theology and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1990. He served at the Apostolic Nunciatures in Madagascar, Bulgaria, and Albania,
 before... Read More →
avatar for Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Archbishop, Philadelphia
In February 2014, Archbishop Chaput was appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity by Pope Francis. He also serves as the ex-officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput was... Read More →
avatar for Archbishop Joseph Kurtz

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz

Archbishop of Louisville, and president, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archbishop Kurtz was appointed the fourth Archbishop and ninth bishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville in June 2007. Elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on November 12, 2013, Archbishop Kurtz serves on the executive and administrative committees of... Read More →


Friday August 28, 2015 4:45pm - 6:30pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

7:30pm EDT

Dinner

Faith Counts, a multi-faith social media campaign aimed at promoting the value of faith, will announce the Grand Prize Winner of its "Film Your Faith" video contest. Brief remarks and a $20,000 check presentation will follow a showcase of the top two-minute film submissions.


Sponsors

Friday August 28, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor
 
Saturday, August 29
 

TBA

7:45am EDT

Please be sure to stop by and visit our exhibitors!

Our exhibitors can connect you with powerful sources and tools to help you cover faith and values.


Exhibitors
avatar for Reason Rally 2016

Reason Rally 2016

Contact: Shanon Nebo443-370-7420 | secularsunshine@gmail.com | @reasonrally
avatar for AAAS_DoSER

AAAS_DoSER

Contact: Christine A. Scheller 732-948-7327 | cschelle@aaas.org | @AAAS_DoSER
avatar for Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center

Contact: Stefan Cornibert202-419-4372 | SCornibert@PewResearch.org | @PewReligion 
avatar for Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Contact: Andrew Walther 203-752-4253 | andrew.walther@kofc.org | @KofC
avatar for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Contact: Daniel Darling 615-224-2495 | ddarling@erlc.com | @ERLC 
avatar for Pontifical University of Santa Croce

Pontifical University of Santa Croce

Contact: Michael Gilstrap646-558-6491 | mgilstrap@universityholycross.org | @UnivSantaCroce
avatar for Interfaith Family

Interfaith Family

Contact: Liz Polay-Wettengel617-581-6869 | lizpw@interfaithfamily.com | @interfaithfam   
avatar for Missio

Missio

Powered by the Pontifical Mission Societies
Contact: Monica Yehle 212-563-8700 | MYehle@PROPFAITH.ORG | @1missionfamily... Read More →
avatar for Loyola Press

Loyola Press

Contact: Andrew Yankech773-281-1818 | yankech@loyolapress.com | @loyolapress
avatar for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Contact: Eric Hawkins | 801-240-0298 | ehawkins@ldschurch.org | @LDSchurch
avatar for Columbia Theological Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary

Contact: Michael Thompson404-687-4530 | ThompsonM@CTSnet.edu | @CTSeminary

Sponsors
avatar for Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Contact: Andrew Walther 203-752-4253 | andrew.walther@kofc.org | @KofC


Saturday August 29, 2015 7:45am - 2:00pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

8:00am EDT

Breakfast
ERLC presents President Russell Moore's newest book, "Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel."

Sponsors
avatar for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Contact: Daniel Darling 615-224-2495 | ddarling@erlc.com | @ERLC 


Saturday August 29, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

9:30am EDT

Muslim Matters: What American Muslims are Talking About
How do American Muslims talk to one another about race and racism? About marriage, dating and gender roles? About the gaps between immigrant generations and their children and grandchildren? We'll introduce the conversations that American Muslims have with one another and to the some of the divisions — national, racial generational, theological — that can be hard to map from the outside.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

editor and storytelling coach, Lansing State Journal
Matthew Miller is an editor and storytelling coach at the Lansing State Journal in Michigan. He won the Religion Newswriters Association's Cassels Religion Reporter of the Year award in 2013.

Speakers
avatar for Dilshad Ali

Dilshad Ali

Managing Editor, Patheos Muslim
Ms. Ali has covered Muslims and Islam in America for nearly 15 years for a variety of media outlets, including Islam-Online.net, Newsweek, Azizah Magazine, Illume Magazine, Altmuslim.com, Islamica magazine, and Beliefnet. She joined Patheos Muslim in May of 2011 and has grown the... Read More →
AP

Abdullah Pocius

Imam, Albania Masjid, Phildadelphia
Pocius was born in Chicago in 1986. He was raised as a catholic, but converted to Islam at the age of 14. After completing high school, he moved to Philadelphia where he married and has been Imam of the Albanian Masjid since 2006.
avatar for Kameelah Rashad

Kameelah Rashad

Muslim Chaplain, University of Pennsylvania, and Founder, Muslim Wellness Foundation
Rashad serves as chaplain, acting as a counselor and advisor to the Muslim students on campus, and facilitating discussions on religious identity development and challenges faced by American Muslim youth. She is the Founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation, an organization dedicated... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

11:00am EDT

Religion and Violence
From the rampages of ISIS to the Charlie Hebdo and Boston Marathon massacres, from the strong religious overtones of the Russia-Ukraine war to attacks on American mosques and Muslims, and to the kidnap-murders of Jewish and Arab youth in Israel, the question regularly arises: Why do people kill — and die — for religion? But is this even the right question, when far more people who share the same religion, background and grievances of the killers refrain from killing? What other factors are involved?

Moderators
avatar for Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Religion Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Smith has 30 years of journalistic experience and has covered religion for the past 20 years. He previously worked as the religion writer for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. from 2000 to 2013. He was previously a correspondent for Religion News Service, The Boston Globe and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Naveed Ahmad

Naveed Ahmad

Managing Director, Silent Heroes, Invisible Bridges
Journalist and researcher with two decades of travelling and writing experience about the Middle East and South Asia. Specializes in study of religions, conflicts and post-disaster dynamics. Pakistani by nationality and highly adaptable for work and study. in 2010, co-founded feature... Read More →
avatar for Hasan Azad

Hasan Azad

Doctoral Candidate, Columbia University, Contributor, Religion Dispatches and Islamic Monthly
Hasan Azad is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, with a focus on Islamic studies. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Societies and Cultures, and a B.A. in English, both from the University London. His dissertation exams the role of Islamic ethics in... Read More →
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Tom Heneghan

Religion Editor and Senior Correspondent, France, ThomsonReuters
I've been Religion Editor for Reuters in Paris since 2003, coordinating our coverage of religion around the globe, writing about faith in Europe and the Middle East and editing our religion blog FaithWorld. While we write about all religions, my main focus has been on Catholicism... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

12:20pm EDT

Lunch

Experts from the Pew Research Center will present embargoed survey findings from their research on religion and public life.


Speakers
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Jessica Hamar Martinez

Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
Jessica Hamar Martínez is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center. She contributes to the center’s polling on religion in the U.S., with an emphasis on religion and the Latino community. Before joining the Pew Research Center, Martínez worked as a project manager at the... Read More →
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Gregory Smith

Associate Director, Research, Pew Research Center
Gregory A. Smith is associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. He helps to coordinate the center’s domestic polling on religion. Smith also writes reports and provides information to news media and others about religion and public opinion, religion and American politics... Read More →

Sponsors
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Pew Research Center

Contact: Stefan Cornibert202-419-4372 | SCornibert@PewResearch.org | @PewReligion 


Saturday August 29, 2015 12:20pm - 1:30pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

1:45pm EDT

Church In the City: Thriving, Dying or Just Getting By?
As many of America's cities experience economic revival and draw young professionals and retirees to city life, many urban churches face uncertain futures and complex challenges. How are they finding creative ways to build community? How do they find the money and the members to serve long-term residents and newcomers?

Moderators
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Bob Smietana

Editor in chief, RNS
Bob Smietana is editor in chief fir Religion News Service. He is former religion writer for the Tennessean in Nashville. He's written about religion for a living since 1999 and is president of the Religion Newswriters Association.

Speakers
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Rev. Leslie D. Callahan

Pastor, St. Paul's Baptist Church, Philadelphia
The Rev. Callahan became the first female pastor of 119-year-old St. Paul's Baptist Church, located in the heart of Philadelphia, in May 2009. After ordination in 1997 at Judson Memorial Church, she served as Minister of Christian Education at the First Baptist Church of Princeton... Read More →
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Shane Claiborne

Founder, The Simple Way
Claiborne is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received... Read More →
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Alvin Sanders

Senior Vice President, World Impact
Sanders (PhD) has a passion for developing Christian leaders to serve cross-culturally. He grew up as a “third culture” kid, as his father worked in the military around the globe. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Miami... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

3:05pm EDT

How to Cover a Papal Trip in Three Easy Steps
  1. Add the Rev. Thomas Rosica, English language assistant to Holy See Press Office and head of Salt and Light Catholic Television Network; Austen Ivereigh, author of “The Great Reformer,” a widely hailed biography of Pope Francis; David O’Reilly, religion reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a veteran of several papal trips; John Thavis, author and journalist specializing in Vatican and religious affairs; plus a dash of David Gibson, national reporter for Religion News Service and longtime Vatican-watcher.
  2. Stir together and mix with a room full of reporters who can share their own experiences and ask questions specific to the upcoming U.S. papal visit.
  3. Enjoy a refreshing primer on all things Francis and feel yourself relax about the prospect of what will be a stress-inducing week of impossible deadlines for everyone else!

Moderators
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David

National Reporter, Religion News Service
Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series... Read More →

Speakers
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Austen Ivereigh

Coordinator, Catholic Voices
Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist and commentator on religious and political affairs who regularly appears on TV and radio. Most recently, he is the author of a highly praised biography of Pope Francis, “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope” (2014... Read More →
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David O'Reilly

Religion reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer
O'Reilly has been a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1982, and its religion reporter since 1995. In 1999 he won the Templeton Award for religion reporter of the year, and in 2006 won it for the religion story of the year: a five-part series on the future of the... Read More →
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Rev. Thomas Rosica

English Language Assistant, Holy See Press Office
The Rev. Rosica, CSB, has been the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network since 2003. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in 2009, Fr. Rosica also served as Media Attach... Read More →
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John Thavis

Author, Self-employed
Thavis grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. John’s University in 1973. After moving to Italy, he worked as a reporter and editor of the Rome Daily American in the late 1970s, and in 1983 began covering the Vatican as reporter and Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 3:05pm - 4:20pm EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

4:30pm EDT

Active Member Meeting
All RNA members are welcome to attend, however, only Active members can participate in voting and discussions.

Saturday August 29, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Congress Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 4th floor

6:00pm EDT

Silent Auction & Reception
Saturday August 29, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

7:15pm EDT

Awards Banquet
Speakers
RA

Rev. Andrew Small

National Director, Pontifical Mission Societies
Rev. Andrew Small, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate, has worked in pastoral ministry in Brazil and Houston, Texas. He led the U.S. Bishops’ campaign against global poverty from 2004 to 2009 and served as the U.S. coordinator of recovery efforts for the Church in Haiti after... Read More →

Sponsors
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Missio

Powered by the Pontifical Mission Societies
Contact: Monica Yehle 212-563-8700 | MYehle@PROPFAITH.ORG | @1missionfamily... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 7:15pm - 9:30pm EDT
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor
 
Sunday, August 30
 

8:30am EDT

Breakfast
Giving Films presents movie clips from “90 Minutes in Heaven” movie. The national bestseller turned feature film is the first film made to give profits as a "giving engine" founded by Rick Jackson.

Speakers
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Rick Jackson

CEO, Giving Films
Jackson serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the U.S., serving more than five million patients in over 1,300 healthcare facilities. Driven by a personal mission to inject hope and opportunity into... Read More →

Sponsors

Sunday August 30, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am EDT
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor

10:00am EDT

Papal Site Tours

This reporter work day provides advance opportunity for journalists to gather color for preview and event stories, take site pictures and B-roll, and nail down logistics for covering the Philadelphia leg of the papal visit. Choose between “The Big Picture” papal visit tour or the “Local Flavor” Philadelphia Catholic life tour. 

TOUR #1: The Big Picture

  • 10 a.m. — Depart Loews Hotel
  • 10:10 a.m. — Self-guided tour Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul (Mass held at 9:30 and 11)
  • 11:10 a.m. — Bus departs for Philadelphia Museum of Art (self-guided exterior tour)
  • 12:10 p.m. — Bus departs for Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • 12:30 p.m. — Lunch and World Meeting of Families Presentation with Q&A at Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • 1:40 p.m. — Depart Archdiocese 
  • 1:50 p.m. — Optional: bus drops off at Independence Hall, self-guided tour, walk back to Loews Hotel (.7 m)
  • 2 p.m. — Bus arrives at Loews Hotel, conference concludes

TOUR #2: Local Flavor 

  • 10 a.m. — Depart Loews hotel
  • 10:30 a.m. — Self-guided tour at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann at St. Peter the Apostle
  • 11 a.m. — Spanish language Mass at Saint Peter the Apostle 
  • 12:10 p.m. — Depart Saint Peter the Apostle
  • 12:30 p.m. — Lunch and World Meeting of Families Presentation with Q&A at Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • 1:40 p.m. — Depart Archdiocese
  • 1:50 p.m. — Optional: bus drops off at Independence Hall, self-guided tour, walk back to Loews Hotel (.7 m)
  • 2 p.m. — Bus arrives at Loews Hotel, conference concludes

Notes:

  • All tour stops are self-guided.
  • Mass will be in session at the Basilica at 9:30 and 11 a.m., with our stop nestled between those two times. 
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art carries an admission fee of $20 for anyone who wishes to go in during the brief tour stop. Otherwise, time will be spent visiting the “Rocky” steps just outside and gathering color.
  • While returning to the hotel, attendees can take advantage of an optional drop off at Independence Hall. Anyone who wishes to take a tour can obtain a free ticket (Info via reservations website).

Sunday August 30, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Area Tours Various location in Philadelphia

12:30pm EDT

Box lunch and panel: Everything You Didn’t Think to Ask Yet About the Papal Tour

Both tours will come together for a boxed lunch at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications. Papal tour spokesperson Meg Kane will join forces with Archdiocese Director of Communications Ken Gavin to give insider tips about covering the papal trip and to answer logistics questions that arise after the morning’s tours.

 



Sunday August 30, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Area Tours Various location in Philadelphia

2:00pm EDT

End 2015 RNA Conference

Join us Sept. 22–25, 2016 in Silver Spring, Md., for the 67th Annual RNA Conference!


Sunday August 30, 2015 2:00pm - 2:01pm EDT
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