Upcoming Events

Sacred Priorities, Faithful Action: A Social Justice Agenda for the Incoming NYC Administration

December 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Zoom Webinar
David Gastwirth

Join us on December 8, 2021, from 9:00 – 11:45 am for Sacred Priorities, Faithful Action: A Social Justice Agenda for the Incoming NYC Administration, an event hosted by Union Theological Seminary through its Center for Community Engagement and Social Justice. It is designed to bring religious communities, leaders, and scholars into the critical social justice policy conversations taking place amongst policymakers, policy analysts, and political leaders. The event is being held in conjunction with NYC 2025, an initiative of NYU Wagner that convenes non-partisan experts across a range of areas to hold an ongoing conversation about issues that must be addressed for the city to become a stronger and more equitable city. Registration is required to receive the Zoom details.


Speakers and panelists will include Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin as well prominent NYC policymakers (past and present), academics and scholars, and leaders of faith-based nonprofit organizations and religious communities. Part of NYC 2025’s Road to Recovery Series.

Additional Panelists Include:

Timothy Adkins-Jones (Union Faculty Member & Senior Pastor at Bethany Baptist Church)
Jennifer Jones Austin (CEO, FPWA)
Chloe Breyer (Executive Director, The Interfaith Center of New York)
Samuel Cruz
(Union Faculty Member & Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church)
Fred Davie (Senior Strategic Advisor to the President of Union; Senior Advisor for Racial Equity at IFYC)
Sherry Glied (Dean and Faculty Member, NYU Wagner School of Public Service)
Elizabeth Glazer (Former Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice)
Colvin Grannum (CEO of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation)
Serene Jones (Union President and Faculty Member)
Khalid Latif (Executive Director and Imam for the Islamic Center at NYU; NYPD Chaplain)
Michael Livingston (Interim Senior Minister for The Riverside Church)
Father Edward Mason (Pastor of St. Gabriel – St, John Cantius Catholic Church in East New York Brooklyn, and a leader with the East Brooklyn Congregations and the Metro-IAF, Industrial Areas Foundation)
Ruth Messinger (Social Justice Fellow, Jewish Theological Seminary)
Ray Rivera (President of the Latino Pastoral Action Center)
James (Jamie) Rubin (Co-Chair, NYC 2025)
Liz Theoharis (Director of Kairos Center; Co-Chair of Poor People’s Campaign)
Damarias Whitaker (Senior Pastor, Fort Washington Collegiate Church)
Andrea C. White (Union Faculty)

In-person attendance will be limited to promote the safety of the Union community and the well-being of attendees. If you would like to attend as an in-person attendee, please contact dgastwirth@uts.columbia.edu. All attendees will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to the event. Read Union’s visitor policy here.