This multi-disciplinary symposium brings together leading scholars who will share their research and engage in conversation about the role of religion in addressing rising income inequality—an issue that impacts millions of people. During the 1960s and 1970s, 9-10% of total income went to the top one-percent of Americans. By 2007, this share had risen to 23.5%. Even before 2008 and the so-called Great Recession, the wages of the average worker in the U.S., adjusted for inflation, had been stagnant for three decades. How are the religions contributing to the complex mix of factors responsible for this state of affairs? Part I includes the Introduction and a presentation by Evelyn Z. Brodkin, Associate Professor and Director of the Poverty and Inequality Program, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Evelyn Z. Brodkin's research interests include welfare state politics and policies at the level of the state and the level of the street, with a focus on political-organizational responses to poverty, inequality, and marginalization. She is one of the leading scholars of street-level organizations, the agencies at the frontlines of public policy delivery. She has published widely in books and journals, including her recent book Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics (2013, co-edited with G. Marston). Her work has been recognized by the American Political Science Association (Herbert Kaufman Award), the American Public Administration Association (Burchfield Award), and the Open Society Institute, where she was named a Fellow. Brodkin has served on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the board of directors of the Chicago Jobs Council. On leave this year, Brodkin is Moses Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hunter College. Sponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion.