Report of TCC's conference at Washington D.C. Sept. 10, 11 and 12, 2014

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Program Series of Meetings September 10 and 11

September 10

11:00   Check in, get name tag, get together and light lunch

            Venue: Center for Christian Statesmanship,

            Address: 402 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington D.C.,

            100 meter from the Capitol South Metro Station

            If you like to make use of Metro’s you are advised to buy a M SmarTrip Card. They can be obtained at any Metro Station at kind of ATM machines. They cost $10, and have then an $8 value on the                   card. You can add value on the card any time you want.

11:30   Meeting with Congressman Bill Huizenga, Michigan

            Venue: Center for Christian Statesmanship

12:00   Meet and greet session with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Missouri, indicated presence from 12:00 – 12:15

            Venue: Center for Christian Statesmanship

12:30   Short walk to Cannon House Office Building, going through security

13:00   Meeting Congressman Frank Wolf, Virginia

            Venue: Cannon House Office Building

13:30   Short walk to Senate Building and go through security

14:00   Meeting with the Chaplain of the Senate Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, USN (Ret.)

            Venue: U.S. Senate

14:30   Short walk to the Center for Christian Statesmanship        

14:45   Presentation by the host of the Center for Christian Statesmanship, Director George Roller

            Venue: Center for Christian Statesmanship

15:00   Meeting with Brian Bachman, Deputy Director Office International Religious Freedom U.S. Department of State

            and with Maria Olson, Deputy Director Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

            Venue: Center for Christian Statesmanship

16:00   Presentation by Stephanie Hammond, Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant to Congressman Trent Franks (Arizona) and staff lead for the International Religious Freedom Caucus of the House of                     Representatives

            Venue: Center for Christian Statesmanship

16:15   Travel to American Enterprise Institute

            Address: AEI, Twelfth Floor, 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW

17:30   Networking Reception and

18:15   Dinner Conversation at the occasion of the 2014 Inaugural Evangelical Leadership Summit, organized by the American Enterprise Institute

            Venue: American Enterprise Institute

20:00   Adjournment

 

September 11

8:45     Arrival at Dutch Embassy

            The Netherlands Embassy: 4200 Linean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

            Closest metro stop: Van Ness-UDC. From there to Dutch Embassy: 15 minutes’ walk:

            Connecticut Ave NW – Take a left on Upton Street NW – Arrival Linean Ave 4200

            For those who would like to travel as a group, they can gather at the Center for Christian Statesmanship, 100 meters from Capitol South Metro Station. From there we will leave at at 7:45am for a 45               minutes travel to the Dutch Embassy by Metro

9:00     Meeting with Deputy Chief Mission Peter Mollema (Political Department) and Deputy Head Job van den Berg (Economic Department)

10:00   Departure from the Netherlands Embassy to the Center for Christian Statesmanship

11:00   Commemoration 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon by the Chaplain of the Pentagon Colonel Allan Staley and a survivor of the attacks

            Venue: Center for Christian Statesmanship

11:30   Start walking to the Capitol and go through security

12:00   Private Tour of the Capitol

12:45   Lunch at Restaurant in the Capitol

13:30   Start registration for the Conference, reachable by underground tunnels            

End of the Series of Meetings

 

Do Religious Freedom and Human Rights Clash in Today’s Democracies?

The Members of Congress Room - Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 1st Street SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

September 11, 2014

1:30                 Registration and coffee

2:00                 Opening Remarks

                        Henk Jan van Schothorst, Executive Director, Transatlantic Christian Council, Europe Office

2:10                 Keynote

                        A European Perspective: Do Religious Freedom and Human Rights Clash in Today’s Democracies?

                        Rocco Buttiglione, philosopher and politician,

                        Former member of the European Parliament and Minister and nominee for European Commissioner, Italy

2:40                 Keynote

                        An American Perspective: Do Religious Freedom and Human Rights Clash in Today’s Democracies?

                        Frank Wolf, Member of U.S. Congress (Virginia)

3:10                 Discussion, moderated by Rein Willems, Former President Shell Netherlands and Dutch Senator

3:40                 Closing Remarks

                        Todd Huizinga, Director of International Outreach, Acton Institute

3:50                 Concluding Remarks and Opening of the Reception

                        Chris Smith, Member of U.S. Congress (New Jersey)

4:00                 Reception

5:00                 End of Event

 

Engaging as Christians in the Global Public Square

Round table: Development of an International Network of Christians in Think Tanks

The North Congressional Meeting Room, Capitol Hill Visitors Center, Washington D.C.

September 12, 2014

9:00                 Registration and Coffee

9:30                 Opening Remarks and welcoming address, Co-Host United States

                        Reverend Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

9.35                 Welcoming Address, Co-Host the Netherlands, Europe

                        Henk Jan van Schothorst, Executive Director, Transatlantic Christian Council, Europe Office

9:40                 Opening Session: Engaging as Christians in the Global Public Square.  Moderation: Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President, Cardus

9:50                 Os Guinness, social critic and author of The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity

10:15               Rocco Buttiglione, philosopher and politician, Former member of the European Parliament and Minister and nominee for European Commissioner, Italy

10:40               Coffee Break

11:15               Discussion

12:15               Lunch

13:30               Opening and moderation afternoon session: Development of an International Network of Christians in Think Tanks

                        Brian Grim, President, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation

13:40               Panel discussion:

                        Four National Contexts: Religion in the Public Square and the Role of Religion in Society

                        Thomas F. Farr, United States

                        Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

                        Paul Coleman, United Kingdom

                        Legal Counsel, Vienna Office of Alliance Defending Freedom

                        Daniel von Wachter, Germany

                        Director of the Internationale Akademie für Philosophie in Liechtenstein

14:05               Discussion, Q & A

15:00               Statement by Congressman Chris Smith

15:10               Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

15:20               Conclusions and way forward

                        Todd Huizinga, Director of International Outreach, Acton Institute, and Executive Director, Transatlantic Christian Council, United States Office

15:30               Closing Remarks

                        Bill Redmond, Traditional Values Advocacy Committee of New Mexico, former Member of U.S. House of Representatives

15:40               Reception

16:30               Tour of Capitol Hill

18:00               Optional Dinner Gathering at Bullfeathers Restaurant, 410 First Street, SE