Faith and Works: A Call for Evidence of Action
October 27-28, 2008
San Antonio, Texas
Sponsored by Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and OneStar Foundation
Many with an interest in seeing America become a more civil society wonder what role religion and faith-based organizations (FBOs) may play in countering the effects of contemporary social problems ranging from literacy and housing, to health care and crime reduction. Faith motivated inidividuals and organizations provide many diverse social services such as childcare centers, offender rehabilitation programs youths and adults, drug treatment, shelter, housing rehab, after school programs, literacy, mentoring, and welfare-to-work. Unfortunately, rigorous evaluation of the work of faith based organizations has been largely overlooked by researchers as well as FBOs.
Faith and Works: A Call for Evidence of Action is an interactive conference designed to bring together leading researchers, faith based volunteers and organizations, clergy and lay leaders, and policymakers. The conference seeks to raise awareness among faith motivated practitioners of the need and value of objective evaluation research. The conference is also designed to create an active dialogue between researchers and faith based organizations with a view to understanding possible ways they might consider working together in respectful yet independent ways. Faith and Works will provide a unique venue to platform methodologically rigorous research examining the influence of religion and faith based efforts in addressing social problems as well as promoting prosocial behavior. Finally, the conference will shed light on the practical implications of research on religion and faith based initiatives for practitioners and policymakers alike.
Conference Cost: $75 per person
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78205
Hotel Cost: $179 per night (Special rate only available with conference code. The conference code will be delivered to you via email receipt after conference registration. Deadline for discounted hotel rates is October 5th.)