Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives

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Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives

Launch of the Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives in 2013

United States views on international law [1] in relation to Launch of the Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives: On August 7, 2013, Secretary Kerry announced the creation of the Department of State Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, established to engage more closely with faith communities around the world. The Secretary's remarks on the launch of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives are available at (Secretary of State website) state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/08/212781.htm. The website of the office, (Secretary of State website) state.gov/s/fbci/, features a statement of the U.S. Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement and includes this overview of the Office of FaithBased Community Initiatives:

Some Aspects of Launch of the Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives

The Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives is the State Department's portal for engagement with religious leaders and organizations around the world. Headed by Special Advisor Shaun Casey, the office reaches out to faith-based communities to ensure that their voices are heard in the policy process, and it works with those communities to advance U.S. diplomacy and development objectives. In accordance with the U.S. Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement, the office guarantees that engagement with faithbased communities is a priority for Department bureaus and for posts abroad, and helps equip our foreign and civil service officers with the skills necessary to engage faith-communities effectively and respectfully. The office collaborates regularly with other government officials and offices focused on religious issues, including the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the Department's Office of International Religious Freedom, and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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  1. Launch of the Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives in the Digest of United States Practice in International Law

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