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Mission Statement

Our country was founded, in the words of John Adams “for a moral and religious people.” Biblical principles informed American governance at its inception. Our laws were established to illuminate right and wrong and to promote truth, justice and God’s revealed guidance for humankind.

Restoring Our Faith Vermont is an effort to help strengthen our resolve as people of Judeo-Christian heritage. After identifying the ways our country has lost its moorings, our goal is to engage with faith leaders in Vermont communities to revitalize the role that religion plays in our lives and to reconnect with the country’s founding, highlighting what monotheism and biblical teachings inspired at the time and are still capable of doing.

Restoring our Faith Vermont will provide support, resources and strategies to help houses of worship develop interest in faith through outreach, programs and events.

In the 21st Century, the country has endured a dramatic divide. The moral truths that have guided its history seem to have disappeared and the religious foundations that held it together for more than two centuries lie in ruin.

Truths that were self-evident a generation ago now cause arguments and political debates in the public square. The nature of marriage as a union between husband and wife, the importance of our embodiment as male or female, and the free exercise of religion are just a few of the lost concepts. The moral absolutes that were once secured in science and natural law seem no longer to be relevant to Americans today.

Recent studies indicate Americans are living with increased anxiety and concern about the future. The Covid 19 pandemic exacerbated this trend as churches, synagogues and schools were shut down at a time when citizens needed comfort and hope most. Suicide rates in the country continue to rise as religious belief declines.

Pew research data indicates that 30% of Americans consider themselves as having no religious affiliation, a dramatic uptick in the last 20 years. Vermont is one of the least religious states in the country.

Without a vision the people perish, according to scripture. Restoring Our Faith Vermont envisions a flourishing and healthy society rebuilt by a renewed faith in God, a strengthening of families, and a search for truth in science and government.

Restoring Our Faith Vermont is a project of the Vermont Institute for Human Flourishing.

Summit 2022 Speakers

The Restoring Our Faith Summit brought together prominent leaders of the Judeo-Christian faith community to reignite our hearts and remind us of the truth of our heritage. We discussed the impact of cultural breakdowns amidst the global pandemic of the past two years and addressed the critical role of natural marriage and family and the importance of protecting children in a flourishing society.

Dennis Prager

Radio host, author, and founder of PragerU

Ryan Anderson

President, Ethics & Public Policy Center

Dr. Robin Armstrong

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician, Owner of Armstrong Medical Group

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

Professor of Medicine at Stanford University

Dr. Pat Fagan

Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute

Dr. Miriam Grossman

Board certified child, adolescent,and adult psychiatrist

Mary Hasson

Attorney and Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at Ethics & Public Policy Center

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty

MD Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center Senior Fellow, Zephyr Institute Chief of Medical Ethics, The Unity Project

Jay Richards

William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation

Roger Severino

Vice President of domestic policy at The Heritage Foundation

Dr. Janci Lindsay, PhD

Director of Toxicology and Molecular Biology for Toxicology Support Services, LLC

Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm

CEO of Bnai Zion, founder of The Joshua Network, and host of Good Faith Effort

Martin Kulldorff

Professor of Medicine at Harvard University (on-leave), Epidemiologist and Biostatistician

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