By Casey Tom

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9) — The 2015 Religion Communicators Convention kicked off at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., with Joshua DuBois, author of The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama; Stephen Prothero, professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University; and Charles Haynes, Director of the Religious Freedom Center and Senior Scholar at the First Amendment Center.

DuBois opened by discussing why communicating religion matters. Dubois spoke about his time working with President Barack Obama and about the speeches that Obama made concerning religion during his campaign and presidency. While doing research for Obama, DuBois was tasked with finding what the most important religious question was among various faith groups. With this, in Obama’s Call to Renewal address in 2006, he stated that America is no longer just a Christian nation, but a nation of many religions.

With America being a nation of many religions, it is essential that religion be communicated. This led to the discussion on religious literacy with Prothero and Haynes.

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