Cardus is an independent Christian think tank with main offices located in Hamilton (Ontario) and Ottawa (Canada), with intellectual hubs located across North America. Cardus emerged from a desire to translate the richness of the Christian faith tradition into the public square for the common good. Reimagined in 2000 as “Cardus,” the team—Michael Van Pelt, Ray Pennings, and a dynamic group of experts—have spent over twenty years studying the institutions, communities, beliefs, leaders, and intricacies of civil society that collectively compose the social architecture of our common life.
Determined to live together well in difference and enlarge public conversation on key policy issues, Cardus works to produce independent research, contribute measured public commentary, and convene projects and initiatives across North America. Cardus retains a commitment to producing scholarship, dialogue, and partnership that enables and enlarges human flourishing, together. Cardus’ stated mission is the renewal of North American social architecture. Cardus’ work relies upon applying high quality, rigorous Judeo-Christian social thought to “enrich and challenge public debate through research, events and publications for the common good”.