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Faith In America

Faith in America is a series of monthly public conversations at Union Theological Seminary. Leaders in the social justice and faith community will host each talk or panel discussion, focusing on critical national issues related to faith and society.

The range of topics will include faith and the political process, economic inequity, mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, the environment, racial injustice, and the longevity revolution.


Faith in America with Rev. William Barber
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM (Doors will open at 6:00 PM)
Location: Union Theological Seminary (121st Street & Broadway)

Please join Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism, for: In Search of a Moral Revolution of Values.

CLICK to RSVP for Faith in America on 4/20.

Can’t make it? Watch the live stream.



October 18, 2016
Invisible Woman: The Experience of Women and Girls in the Era of Mass Incarceration with Michelle Alexander 

Keynote: Michelle Alexander, Visiting Professor, Union Theological Seminary & Author, ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’

Susan Burton, Executive Director, A New Way of Life & Co-Founder, All of Us or None
Gina Clayton, Executive Director, Essie Justice Group
Andrea James, Founder, Families for Justice as Healing and Author, ‘Upper Bunkies Unite And Other Thoughts on the Politics of Mass Incarceration’
Teresa Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

November 9, 2016
Post-Election Analysis with Bill Moyers

Keynote: Bill Moyers, Managing Editor, Moyer and Company

Betty Sue Flowers, Former Director, Johnson Presidential Library & Professor of English & Honors Program Head, University of Texas at Austin
Senator Bill BradleyFormer U.S. Senator (NJ) & Democratic Candidate, 2000 U.S. Presidential Race
Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Former US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State
Rev. Dr. Sam CruzAssistant Professor of Church and Society, Union Theological Seminary
Shirley Velasquez, Executive Editor, PeopleEnEspañ

December 7, 2016
The Aging of America: A New Workforce for Social Justice with Ruth Wooden

Keynote: Ruth Wooden, Former President, Public Agenda & M.A. Graduate, Union Theological Seminary

Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist & Founder, The Conversation Project
Lester Strong, NBC Nightly News Anchor (Boston, MA) & CEO, AARP Experience Corps

January 31, 2017
Documentary Premiere:An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story.”
Film Doc FIA
Hosted by: Martin Doblmeier, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker & DirectorAn American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

Gary DorrienReinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary & Professor of Religion, Columbia University
Andrew Finstuen, Dean, Boise State University Honors College
Cornel West, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

February 23, 2017
Religion & Faith in the Time of Trump: An ACLU Perspective with Anthony Romero

Keynote: Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President & Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy, Union Theological Seminary

Gary DorrienReinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary & Professor of Religion, Columbia University
Jerusha T. LampteyAssistant Professor of Islam and Ministry & Islam, Social Justice and Interreligious Engagement Program Advisor, Union Theological Seminary
Wesley Morris, Community Organizer & Master of Divinity Candidate, Union Theological Seminary

March 21, 2017
Society’s Hidden Psychological Forces with Frances Unsell

Moderator: Frances Unsell ’78, Founder & President, The Development Center and Union ’78

Dr. Victoria BarnettDirector of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Rev. Amy B. Gregory ’96, Pastor, First United Methodist Church (Greene, NY) & Construction Team LeaderCultural and Interfaith Project (Gradacac, Bosnia)
Alex Patchin McNeill, Executive Director, More Light Presbyterians an organization that works for the full participation of LGBTQ people in the life, ministry, and witness
Dr. Mary McRae, Author, Group Relations Consultant and Associate Professor, New York University, Department of Applied Psychology

April 5, 2017
The Role of Women in Democratic Governance with Leymah Gbowee

Moderator: Dr. Lisa L. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Union Theological Seminary

Leymah Gbowee, Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
Tanya Henderson, Founder and Executive Director, Mina’s List
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland, Associate Director, Women, Peace, and Security Program, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Tamika Mallory, Organizing Committee, Women’s March
Jamia Wilson, Executive Director, Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!)