When President Obama launched the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, he charged the office with working "beyond American shores…with the National Security Council to foster interfaith dialogue with leaders and scholars around the world."
Following up on this desire to identify areas of positive engagement with diverse religious and civic communities abroad, the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership and the National Security Staff are working with agencies across government to analyze the ways the U.S. government engages key non-governmental actors, including religious institutions, around the globe. This internal effort will proceed over the coming months by assessing how the United States, across multiple federal agencies, currently engages religious institutions and actors and identify areas for improved partnerships.
As President Obama said in Cairo, “Around the world, we can turn dialogue into interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action – whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster." This new effort will help us identify opportunities to meet these challenges in concert with key actors across government.
Joshua DuBois is the Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships