Close newsletter signup prompt

The pressing crisis in democracy is not new.

We are facing a historical moment of crisis and reinvention in American democracy. Join the Realizing Democracy mailing list to continue the conversation.

Faith, Race & Politics

A conference on civic engagement, democratic participation, and faith-based convening.

About the Events

On Sunday, January 12th, we held a Sunday evening dinner with Chuck Mingo to introduce the Undivided program and to learn about upcoming opportunities for Undivided to have national impact.

Monday, January 13th, the Faith, Race & Politics conference brought together community leaders, elected officials, congregants, scholars, faith leaders, philanthropists, and other thought partners from Cincinnati and around the country to explore how the intersection of faith, race, and politics has impacted both personal civic engagement and local policy, with a focus on specific programs in the Cincinnati area.

Panelists considered how the Crossroads community has been able to build bridges across racial divides through its Undivided program, which in turn has catalyzed people into action around coalitional initiatives. The Undivided experience provides a springboard to a broader discussion about what people of faith, civic leaders, and community organizations can learn about civic engagement, democratic participation, and faith-based convening as we enter the 2020 election season.

The event was hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University in partnership with Crossroads Undivided


  • 9 – 9:30 a.m. Arrival
  • 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. Morning Session
  • Panel 1 – Undivided and Racial Reconciliation
  • Panel 2 – Making the Radical Middle Possible
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Break

1 – 3 p.m. Afternoon Session

  • Panel 3 – Case Study in Organizing: Issue 44
  • Panel 4 - Faith, Race, and the 2020 Election