In 1960, Henry Luce, publisher of Life Magazine, invited ten renowned Americans to address the “national purpose” in an essay. A change in national life was coming, and Luce turned to the people he believed could conduct a public discussion that would challenge Americans to common purpose again.
Sixty years later, we find ourselves at another consequential period in history that may be a once-in-a-lifetime for most. Within the context of the pandemic, racial justice uprisings, rising white nationalism, and a new presidential administration, Rabbi Moline asks the same questions that Henry Luce did – where are we headed, and where should we be headed? – in a new Interfaith Alliance web series, The American Purpose.
Pastor Mike McBride
Activist and director of Faith in Action’s Live Free campaign, Pastor Mike McBride explores how faith communities are leading the charge for equity.
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) discusses government responsibility during a pandemic and the promise of the pursuit of happiness.
Historian and activist Blair Imani discusses how our nation’s history – and the experiences of historically marginalized communities – can and should inform our way forward.
Country music artist and activist Chely Wright discusses how her faith and experiences compel her to work toward justice.
Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas
Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas discuss how we can build on our founders’ view of our American purpose to create a better world.
Simran jeet singh
Educator and activist Simraan Jeet Singh discusses how we can become a more just nation that cares for and values one another.
Whit Ayres & Stan Greenberg
Pollsters Whit Ayres and Stan Greenberg discuss our nation’s founding principles and how we can draw from them to create a better, more just society.
Rabbi Rachel Ain
Rabbi Rachel Ain discusses how we can update our foundational principles to reflect our nation’s diverse reality.
rabbi sharon brous
Rabbi Sharon Brous discusses how her faith motivates her to work toward building a more just, more inclusive nation.
Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist discusses the work non-religious people are doing to advance our first freedom.
Jamie Manson, president of Catholics for Choice, discusses why her faith calls her to advocate for reproductive freedom and more.
Senior director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress Maggie Siddiqi discusses how we can pursue a collective vision of freedom.
Valerie Brown, co-director of Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, explores the importance of community and our shared humanity.
Rabbi Jack Moline speaks with Tony Beam, Christian radio host and director of church and community engagement at North Greenville University, on how we can ensure our nation’s founding principles remain protected and applied equally today.
It is time for a new cohort of observers to imagine the national purpose.
Join us every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET on Facebook Live as we explore our American purpose.