Join Atlantic columnist, religion reporter, and author Jonathan Merritt for a discussion on key issues that will define the future of American Evangelicalism: women in Church leadership, LGBTQ inclusion, and racial justice. Jonathan will interview our special guests from organizations working directly on these issues. There will be time for audience Q&A as well. The event is free and open to the public.
Brit Barron lives in Southern California working as a pastor at New Abbey Church (Pasadena, CA) a Spiritual Director at TheChristianCloset.com, speaker, writer and diversity and inclusion trainer. Her work analyzes how faith, race, gender and sexuality interact with our everyday lives.
Josef Sorett is an Associate Professor in the Religion Department and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, where he also directs the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS).
Jennifer Butler is the CEO of Faith in Public Life and the former chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. Before leading FPL, Jennifer spent ten years working in the field of international human rights representing the Presbyterian Church (USA).
George Mekhail is the Executive Director of Church Clarity, an organization which investigates, scores and ranks church websites according to how clearly they communicate policies around LGBTQ inclusion and women in Church leadership.
About the Union of Affirming Christians:
The Union of Affirming Christians represents a growing body of believers committed to the full humanity, dignity, and inclusion of all God’s children in every aspect of society. We are committed to elevating Christian voices in the policy arena and cultural arenas to fight for LGBTQ rights, intersectional justice, and a world that reflects the restorative and redemptive nature of the teachings of Jesus. Learn more at affirmingchristians.org