Steve Shiffrin, Eduardo Penalver, Michael Perry and I would like to welcome all viewers of this new weblog, which we hope soon will include a good many more posters additional to us. Our aim is to offer a site at which people who adhere to a variety of faith traditions, with perhaps varying degrees of intensity across persons and through time, might discuss legal and cognate subjects together in mutual respect and affection. As the weblog's name suggests, another thing that we all share in common is a more or less 'left-leaning' or 'progressive' orientation where political matters are concerned. 'Left-leaning,' 'progressive,' and sundry rough synonyms are of course systematically open-ended and contestible terms, and we do not purport to have arrived at any 'bright line' style closure or contest-ending determination of what shall count and what shall not. But we are confident that we'll be found recognizably to be on the soft-hearted, but we hope not soft-headed, side of most legal and political issues of our day. It is our impression that people in the academy who hail from religious faith traditions and at the same time are 'progressive' in the sense just sketched currently lack a single venue at which to share ideas and discussion. This site is aimed at filling that gap.