February 10, 2020

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, to be part of 2020 Census Interfaith Partner Summit panel discussion

The 2020 Census starts in a month, when homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the census. The faith community is being asked to help encourage everyone, including hard-to-count individuals and families, to respond to the census.

The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting an Interfaith Partner Summit February 18 in Washington, D.C., with faith-based leaders from across the nation for a moderated panel discussion about the 2020 Census to help kick off this faith-based outreach. Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, congregational leader for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, will be part of the panel discussion.

A press release from the U.S. Census Bureau stated, “Leaders of faith are trusted voices within their communities and have been key partners in previous census counts helping to ensure an accurate and complete count of their congregations. The summit will include leaders of diverse religious traditions and practices and faith-based community organizations from across the country.”

This event kicks off an awareness campaign to generate excitement within faith communities about the upcoming Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action, March 27-29, 2020. Building on 2020 Census faith outreach well underway, the weekend will take place at services, houses of worship, or faith community events as a coordinated opportunity for faith leaders to encourage everyone, including hard-to-count individuals and families, to respond to the 2020 Census.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (EST)

Where: Washington National Cathedral (Charles A. Perry Auditorium), 3101 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., 20016

The following individuals are currently confirmed to make remarks and be available for interviews:

  • Steven Dillingham, director, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President, House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church
  • Bishop Reginald Jackson, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 6th District of Georgia
  • Rev. Gabriel Salguero, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  • Hurunnessa Fariad, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center
  • Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Catholic Health Association
  • Rabbi Menachem Creditor, United Jewish Appeal (UJA)-Federation
  • Vikshu Kumar Gurung, Founder of the Buddhist Society of Nebraska

The moderated panel discussion will be followed by a media Q&A and availability for one-on-one interviews with Census Bureau leadership and a diverse group of faith leaders engaged in 2020 Census outreach.

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit https://2020census.gov/en

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