After months of dialog and speeches, the Bush White house is due to unveil their Faith-Based Community Initiative in Atlanta, Georgia on October 10th at the Atlanta Hilton. The event is free and registration can be accomplished via fax. Click Here for the form.
Preliminary recommendations from the new office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives have focused on presenting your ministry with a secular look and feel. For example, the White House recommendations suggest that if your program is called the St. Luke School; change the name to the Luke School.
There are also Faith-Based offices established within five executive departments; including:
Health and Human Services
The White House, though is clear in President Bushs intent. The key mission statement by the administration is:
Starting now, the Federal Government is adopting a new attitude to honor and not restrict faith-based and community initiatives, to accept rather than dismiss such programs, and to empower rather than ignore them.
In welfare and social policy, the Federal Government will play a new role as supporter, enabler, catalyst and collaborator with faith-based and community organizations. We will build on past innovations, most notably bipartisan Charitable Choice legislation, but move forward to make Federal programs more friendly to faith-based and community solutions.
This initiative is not anti-government, but pro-results. It is designed to make sure that faith-based community-serving groups have a seat at the table. It will eliminate the federal governments discrimination against faith-based organizations while also applauding and aiding secular nonprofit initiatives. It will reach out to grassroots groups without marginalizing established organizations.
Aristotle will have editors in Atlanta and distributing reports on the activities.