Writing Editorials and Opinion Pieces to Contribute to Civic Dialogue

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Thoughtful, first-person opinion pieces can capture the heart of an issue in a way that data and statistics might not. As the general election results come in and the make-up of local, state, and federal government is changing, November can be an ideal time to use your voice to call for a newly elected official or administration to take up a new approach or define a renewed charge on an issue of justice and peace that you think needs attention.

This webinar offers faith leaders an opportunity to learn the basics of writing a strong, informed, and focused message on something that you have experienced in your ministry or institute and situate it in the larger narrative for the purpose of educating or activating the public. We will cover how to narrow your topic and theme, how to craft a compelling opening that lays the foundation for your perspective, and how to support your argument with a combination of unique details and universal themes. The session will also discuss how to determine where to send your op-ed and how to work with your congregation’s communication team to manage the social media follow-up.


Kim Daniels is the associate director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. She was appointed by Pope Francis as a Member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication in 2016, and in that role was an advisor to the organizing committee for the February 2019 Vatican Meeting on the Protection of Minors. She is also a consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, and has advised the USCCB and other Catholic institutions on a broad range of issues where Church teachings intersect with public life. These include immigration, human life and dignity, religious liberty, and care for creation. Kim is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, and she and her husband have six children.

For CMSM members, members of their communities, and JPIC liaisons and teams. Free; advance registration required to receive the event link.

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