Mending Fences: Renewing Justice Between Government and Civil Society

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Senator Coats addresses the need to strengthen the authority and economic well-being of those institutions that teach moral values. As author of the legislative package The Project for American Renewal, he argues that the government must use its authority to empower constructive actions in the nongovernmental sector. Presented as the third annual Kuyper Lecture, Mending Fences includes responses from three distinguished social activists, who offer their suggestions for promoting justice and moral responsibility in America. They are Glenn C. Loury, professor of economics and director of the Institute on Race and Social Division, Boston University; Mary Nelson, founding president of Bethel New Life (Chicago); and Stanley W. Carlson-Thies, director of social policy studies, the Center for Public Justice.

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Coats was elected to a six year term in the United States Senate in 1992.

James W. Skillen (PhD, Duke University) helped found the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education for which he served as executive director and president. Now retired from the CPJ, he is engaged in full-time writing, mentoring, and speaking on political thought and public policy. Skillen has authored or edited numerous books, including "Recharging the American Experiment", and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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