Over the course of 2020, American society has been rocked by a global pandemic, racial injustice, social unrest, and economic uncertainty. Even more troubling, these particular crises have uncovered deeper societal ills—including deep-seated sentiments of distrust and despair—which have been brewing for decades. We usually look to government for the solutions to these problems, but with a divisive election season now behind us, where else can we focus our efforts? What role can individuals and communities play in tackling these challenges and renewing our social fabric?
On November 17, 2020, the Initiative on Faith & Public Life hosted a virtual discussion about how creative local initiatives can restore hope, foster reconciliation, and rebuild our communities. The discussion featured Anne Snyder (author of The Fabric of Character and editor-in-chief of Comment magazine); Benya Kraus and Joe Nail (co-founders of Lead for America); and David Bailey (executive director of Arrabon).