Amer­i­can Val­ues, Reli­gious Voic­es: 100 Days. 100 Letters

Andrea L. Weiss, Lisa M. Weinberger

  • From the Publisher
December 11, 2018

In the after­math of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, many Amer­i­cans ques­tioned how to respond to the results and the deep divi­sions in our coun­try exposed by the cam­paign. Many peo­ple of faith turned to their reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties for guid­ance and sup­port. Many looked for ways to take action. In Novem­ber 2016, bib­li­cal schol­ar Andrea L. Weiss and graph­ic design­er Lisa M. Wein­berg­er teamed up to cre­ate an inno­v­a­tive response: a nation­al non­par­ti­san cam­paign that used let­ters and social media to high­light core Amer­i­can val­ues con­nect­ed to our diverse reli­gious traditions.
Amer­i­can Val­ues, Reli­gious Voic­es: 100 Days, 100 Let­ters is a col­lec­tion of let­ters writ­ten by some of America’s most accom­plished and thought­ful schol­ars of reli­gion dur­ing the first 100 days of the Trump pres­i­den­cy. While the let­ters are addressed to the pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent, and mem­bers of the 115th Con­gress and Trump admin­is­tra­tion, they speak to a broad audi­ence of Amer­i­cans look­ing for wis­dom and encour­age­ment at this tumul­tuous time in our nation’s history.
This unique vol­ume assem­bles the 100 let­ters, plus four new sup­ple­men­tal essays and many of the graph­ic illus­tra­tions that enhanced the campaign.
Pub­lished near the mid­way point of the Trump pres­i­den­cy, this book show­cas­es a wide range of ancient sacred texts that per­tain to our most press­ing con­tem­po­rary issues. At a time of great divi­sion in our coun­try, this post-elec­tion project mod­els how peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds can lis­ten to and learn from one anoth­er. The let­ters offer insight and inspi­ra­tion, remind­ing us of the endur­ing val­ues that make our nation great.

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