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October 25th, 2022 ◦ ​South Burlington, VT

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restoring our faith

About restoring OUR faith

The Vermont Institute for Human Flourishing (VIHF) presents the Restoring Our Faith Summit to discuss how to restore the country’s lost faith in God, in trusted institutions and in the founding principles of the country based on Judeo-Christian principles.

The Restoring Our Faith Summit will take a first step in helping to strengthen our resolve as people of Judeo-Christian heritage. After identifying the ways in which overreach was displayed, we will contrast these behaviors with those of Americans at the country’s founding, highlighting what monotheism and biblical teachings inspired at the time…and may still be capable of doing.

Renowned national speaker, author and radio host Dennis Prager as well as social scientists, psychologists and faith leaders will debate and discuss how to restore the country’s lost faith in God, in trusted institutions and in the founding principles of the country based on Judeo-Christian principles.

In the 21 st Century, the country has endured a dramatic split. 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 have fallen into disrepair.

The one-day event will provide in-depth discussions of the social and spiritual trends in the country and will feature world renowned leaders in psychiatry, epidemiology, social science, philosophy and history. These include Ryan Anderson, Jay Battacharya, Aaron Kheriaty, Mary Hasson, Martin Kulldorff, Jay Richards, Miriam Grossman, Patrick Fagan, Rabbi Ari Lamm and others.

“The Summit is a first step in helping to strengthen our resolve as people of Judeo-Christian heritage,” said Deborah Billado, President of VIHF. “After identifying the ways our country has lost its moorings, especially in recent years, we will contrast these with those of Americans at the country’s founding, highlighting what monotheism and biblical teachings inspired at the time and are still capable of doing.

Recent studies indicate Americans are living with increased anxiety and concern about the future. The pandemic exacerbated this trend as churches, synagogues and schools were shut down in the face of a dramatic social upheaval. Suicide rates continue to rise as religious belief declines. Is there a correlation and have faith leaders failed in their role to save souls?

“The Summit will provide in-depth discussions on these topics and most importantly provide action plans for restoring our faith in our families, communities and the nation,” said Billado. “We envision a flourishing society rebuilt by a renewed faith, strong families and a search for truth in science and government, where, once more, love, respect and tolerance prevail.”

The Vermont Institute for Human Flourishing (VIHF) envisions a state invigorated by the principles and civil institutions that protect the American’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Speakers

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

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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Location/Venue

Double Tree By Hilton 870 Williston Road South Burlington, Vermont 05403

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

October 25th

08 : 30 am

Registration, continental breakfast 

09 : 00 am

Faith of Our Fathers

Review the Biblical influence on the country’s founding, based on lawful and moral underpinnings. What is the role of clergy and faith leaders in preserving the truths on which America was founded and restoring the Judeo-Christian faith that has been our guiding principle?

Rabbi Ari Lamm, PhD – Chief Executive of Bnai Zion, founder of The Joshua Network, and host of Good Faith Effort. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Lamm earned his MA as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Jewish Studies and Eastern Christianity from University College London, an MA from Princeton University in Religion and rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He earned his PhD in ancient Judaism and Christianity from Princeton University. As an historian of religion, he is interested in the role of religion, religious values, and tradition in shaping the global moral discourse. 

09 : 30 am

Setting the Record Straight

Throughout the Covid pandemic, Americans were receiving mixed messages from government institutions, from healthcare experts, from virologists and scientists. Mask mandates and vaccine mandates were the tip of the sphere. What was going on behind the scenes at the Centers for Disease Control, at the White House, in the media and at hospitals and why were those who raised concerns about the policies shut out of the discussion?

Robin Armstrong, MD – Board Certified Physician and Co-Owner of Armstrong Medical Group,a group of hospital and nursing home physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Robin has been involved at all levels of hospital leadership including on the Board of Directors of the hospital, President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Staff, Chair of Internal Medicine.

Janci Lindsay, PhD – Director of Toxicology and Molecular Biology for Toxicology Support Services, LLC. Dr. Lindsay has over 30 years of scientific experience, primarily in the areas of toxicology and immunology.

Aaron Kheriaty, MD – Chief of Psychiatry & Ethics at Doc1 Health and Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project. Dr. Kheriaty earned his MD degree from Georgetown University. For many years he was Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health. He also chaired the ethics committee at the California Department of State Hospitals. Dr. Kheriaty is the author of two books.

Roger Severino, JD – Vice president of Domestic Policy and The Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. A former director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Roger served during the 2020 outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic. Severino is a national authority on civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, the administrative state, and information privacy, particularly as applied to health care law and policy. Severino holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy, with highest distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University.

11 : 00 am

MORNING Break

11: 15 Am

FAITHFUL VS. FEARFUL

Recent studies show Americans are living with increased anxiety and concern about the future. The pandemic exacerbated this trend as churches and synagogues were shut down with little resistance from the clergy. Suicide rates continue to rise as religious belief declines. Is there a correlation and are faith leaders failing in their role to save souls?

Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD – Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research. He directs Stanford’s Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the role of government programs, biomedical innovation, and economics. He has published 135 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals in medicine, economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, law, and public health among other fields. He holds an MD and PhD in economics, both earned at Stanford University.

Martin Kulldorf, PhD – Professor of Medicine at Harvard University (on leave), an epidemiologic and biostatistician, a senior scholar at the Brownstone Institute, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Science and Freedom. His research focuses on infectious disease outbreaks and the monitoring of vaccine and drug safety. Dr. Kulldorff received his bachelor’s degree in mathematical statistics from Umeå University in Sweden, and his doctorate in operations research from Cornell University. Before Harvard, he worked at Uppsala University in Sweden, at the National Institutes for Health and at the University of Connecticut.

Rabbi Ari Lamm – Chief Executive of Bnai Zion, founder of The Joshua Network, and host of Good Faith Effort. (see above)

12 : 15 Pm

LUNCH BUFFET

12: 45 pm

Essentials for human flourishing 

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 a husband and wife, the importance of our embodiment as male or female, or the free exercise of religion are just a few of the lost concepts.  What is truth? Will a society collapse without a concept of absolutes or natural law? What makes for a healthy society and what are the essentials needed for human beings to flourish?

Dennis Prager, PhD – Nationally syndicated radio host, founder of PragerU, bestselling author of nine books, and a theologian. An expert on communism and the Middle East, Prager’s graduate work at the Russian and Middle East Institutes of the Columbia University School of International Affairs. He taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College.

Ryan Anderson, PhD – President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of five books on human behavior, ecology, and philosophy.  Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and received his doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: “Neither Liberal nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”

01 : 30 pm

Restoring confidence in science, faith, & family

Our lack of faith in God, in trusted institutions and in science has led to a societal upheaval and allowed radical ideologies to flourish.  The redefinition of marriage, the belittlement of men and fathers, the children we neglect to raise are all very costly alternatives.

Mary Hasson, J.D. – The Kate O’Beirne Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., Mrs. Hasson directs the Catholic Women’s Forum and is co-founder of the Person and Identity Project that helps equip parents to promote truth of the human person. Mrs. Hasson has co-authored several books on education and is frequently called upon to provide expert counsel on federal and state legislation. 

Pat Fagan, PhD – Founder and director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at The Catholic University of America, Dr. Fagan has authored over thirty synthesis papers and has commissioned dozens of original research projects in marriage, family, child development and religious practice. A native of Ireland, Dr. Fagan received his Bachelor of Social Science in sociology and social administration and a professional graduate degree in psychology as well as a Ph.D. from University College Dublin. He has been a grade school teacher, a clinical therapist specializing in child, family and marital therapy

Jay Richards, Ph.D. – Director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family and the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in Religious Liberty and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. He researches, writes, and speaks on policy that protects life, marriage, religious liberty, and civil society.  Dr. Richards previously served as a research assistant professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America.

Miriam Grossman, MD – Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, and author of Unprotected: Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness Endangers Every Student and Your Teaching My Child What? Dr. Grossman attended New York University Medical School and completed her residency in psychiatry, followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry through Cornell University.  

03: 00 pm

Keynote Speaker:  Dennis Prager

03: 30 pm

Action Plan – Practical Solutions for Restoring Our Faith

Without a vision, the people perish. How do we transform our communities, our churches, our country with the tools we have?

Miriam Grossman, MD – Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, and author of Unprotected: Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness Endangers Every Student and Your Teaching My Child What? Dr. Grossman attended New York University Medical School and completed her residency in psychiatry, followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry through Cornell University.

Aaron Kheriaty, MD – Chief of Psychiatry & Ethics at Doc1 Health and Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project. Dr. Kheriaty earned his MD degree from Georgetown University. For many years he was Professor of Psychiatry at UCI School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health. He also chaired the ethics committee at the California Department of State Hospitals. Dr. Kheriaty is the author of two books.

Roger Severino, JD – Vice president of Domestic Policy and The Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. A former director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Roger served during the 2020 outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic. Severino is a national authority on civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, the administrative state, and information privacy, particularly as applied to health care law and policy. Severino holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy, with highest distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mary Hasson, J.D. – The Kate O’Beirne Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., Mrs. Hasson directs the Catholic Women’s Forum and is co-founder of the Person and Identity Project that helps equip parents to promote truth of the human person. Mrs. Hasson has co-authored several books on education and is frequently called upon to provide expert counsel on federal and state legislation.