The Role of Religion in the 2008 Campaign


The Common Good hosted a breakfast and discussion on the role of religion in the coming campaign with writers, Jon Meacham, Amy Sullivan and Steven Waldman. This event was moderated by Paul Glastris and introduced by Richard Feigen.


Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Society of American Historians, Meacham is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor of Time, and has written for The New York Times op-ed page, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and Garden & Gun. Meacham is also a regular guest on “Morning Joe” and other broadcasts.

Amy Sullivan is the nation editor for TIME magazine Swampland, where she covers religion and politics and writes for the magazine’s political blog. She is also the host of the Impolite Company Podcast. Furthermore, she directs political coverage and the magazine’s polling operation. Her book on Democrats and religion, The Party Faithful, will be published in February 2008 by Scribner. Sullivan’s work has appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and was included in The Best Political Writing 2006. She is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows.

Steven Waldman is Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, serving out of the Office of Strategic Planning. Previously, Waldman was the Editor-in-Chief, President, and co-founder of Beliefnet, a multi-faith spirituality website. Waldman co-founded Beliefnet in 1999. He was its CEO from 2002–2007, leading it out of bankruptcy to a sale to News Corp.; he continued on as editor-in-chief until November 2009. Waldman is also a speaker on topics relating to the spiritual marketplace, the changing roles of religion in America, and the convergence of spirituality and marketing.


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