Dead on Impact
The Demise of an Interfaith Lobby
by Mark Tooley
For 25 years it was the organized public policy voice of liberal religion in the nation’s capital. Interfaith Impact, based in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, had a substantial staff and included 40 religious constituencies, including all the major mainline Protestant churches, several Catholic orders, Unitarians, Jewish groups, the American Muslim Council, the National Council of Churches (NCC), and the ecumenical Church Women United. Its highest profile activity was the annual Capitol Hill Briefing, when religious activists from all over the country would flock to Washington to hear major liberal political spokesmen, such as Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.
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