Roundtable with National Faith Leaders on Community Economic Needs

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 4:30pm
2008 Rayburn House Office Building

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Event Provided Interfaith Clergy a Platform to Offer Insight on the Economic Needs of their Communities and Share Best Practices

WASHINGTON – On Monday, November 15, 2021, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm ET, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), the Chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, held a bipartisan economic roundtable event with national faith leaders to learn more about the economic needs of their communities, as well as the faith-based initiatives and neighborhood partnerships centered around economic justice and development. This event also served as an opportunity for interfaith clergy to provide the Select Committee with insight into the development of faith-based partnerships to uplift community members, as well as highlight the role of federal government in supporting such efforts on the local and national level.


  • Chairman Jim Himes (CT-04)
  • Ranking Member Bryan Steil (WI-01)
  • Special Guest Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05)
  • Select Committee Members
  • Reverend Dr. David B. Lindsey, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington
  • Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, Co-Chair, Poor People's Campaign, A National Call for a Moral Revival, Repairers of the Breach, Inc
  • Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Imam Dr. Talib M. Shareef, USAF-Retired, President, Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque
  • Anthony J. Granado, Vice President of Government Relations, Catholic Charities USA
  • Debra Boudreaux, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • Lauren Reliford, MSW, Policy Director, Sojourners
  • Reverend Dr. Bobby Manning, President, Collective Empowerment Group
  • Laura Peralta-Schulte, Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Nuns on the Bus/Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  • Amelia Kegan, Legislative Director, Domestic Policy, The Friends Committee on National Legislation (The Quakers) and the Circle of Protection
  • Ralph McCloud, Director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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