Office of Religion and Global Affairs

The Office of Religion and Global Affairs (RGA) works to implement the National Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement through three overarching roles for the Department. It has the following mission:

• Advising State Department leadership on policy matters as they relate to religion.

• Supporting Posts and Bureaus in assessing religious dynamics and engaging religious actors.

• Serving as a first point of entry for those seeking to engage the State Department on matters of religion and global affairs.

The office collaborates regularly with other government officials and offices, including those focused on religion-related issues: the Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, USAID’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in various federal agencies, and others.

The Office of Religion and Global Affairs pursues its three-part mission through:

Informing: We advise Department of State officials on specific religious dynamics relevant to foreign policy priorities, drawing on the expertise of religious and secular organizations and communities, scholars, and others from around the world.

Convening: We facilitate and conduct policy briefings, roundtables, symposia, and other engagements that bring together Department of State officials and those seeking to engage the Department on matters of religion and global affairs to share information, broaden awareness, and build relationships and expertise.

Connecting: We partner with a number of domestic and global networks, and are active participants in the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy.

Training: We enhance the capacity of State Department colleagues seeking to assess religious dynamics and engage religious actors in their foreign policy work.