May 25, 2001

How Will The White House Faith-Based and Community Initiative Program Affect San Diego?

A public discussion to address questions and concerns surrounding allocation of Faith-Based and Community Initiative funds will be held on Monday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in San Diego.

The forum will address protocols for securing and administering charitable choice monies from the federal government on a state, county and city level.

Scheduled as keynote speaker is Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, Associate Director for Law and Policy of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Dr. Carlton-Thies was Director of Social Policy Studies at the Center for Public Justice. There he directed the Center's project to track the implementation and impact of the Charitable Choice provision of the 1996 federal welfare reform law.

He is the author of "Faith-based Institutions Cooperating with Public Welfare: The Promise of the Charitable Choice Provision," and "Transforming American Welfare: An Evangelical Perspective on Welfare Reform" as well as editor of A Guide to Charitable Choice: The Rules of Section 104 of the 1996 Federal Welfare Law Governing State Cooperation with Faith-based Social Service Providers.

Also presenting will be Richard T. Foltin, Legislative Director and Counsel for the American Jewish Committee Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. Mr. Foltin has, among other accomplishments, worked to promote passage of the Religious Violence Act, the Hate Crime Statistics Act and the International Religious Freedom Act.

Following presentations, questions from the audience will be addressed by the speakers and a panel of local officials.

This discussion is part of a series of Freedom Forums co-sponsored by The Ecumenical Council of San Diego County, The American Jewish Committee, The San Diego chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and Project Freedom of Religion of the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of San Diego and is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund.

The First Unitarian-Universalist Church is located at 4190 Front Street. The program is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Overflow parking will be available at UCSD Hospital.

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