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Revolutionary Love: the Politics of Faith

April 5-7, 2019 | Middle Collegiate Church in New York City.


Revolutionary Love: the Politics of Faith

April 5-7, 2019 | Middle Collegiate Church in New York City.

The Middle Project, Focus for Health, and Auburn Theological Seminary present:

Revolutionary Love
the politics of faith
April 5–7, 2019 | New York City

Register now for Revolutionary Love 2019: The Politics of Faith. See confirmed speakers below.

Confirmed Speakers & PRESENTERS:

About the Revolutionary Love Conference
Middle Collegiate Church and the The Middle Project, an institute that trains leaders for a just society, offer the Revolutionary Love Conference each April for leaders working toward the Reign of God on Earth. Past conferences have addressed issues such as the power of story to train leaders, the use of artistic worship to create multiracial communities, training leaders to manage change and conflict, analyzing the dynamics of race, gender, class and power, and the connections between faith, justice and the economy. 



Schedule 2019

April 5 - 7, 2019
New York City

Schedule 2019

April 5 - 7, 2019
New York City

Revolutionary Love 2019: The Politics of Faith
Friday, April 5, 12:00 pm through Sunday, April 7, 8:00 pm

Tickets are selling out for Revolutionary Love 2019. Reserve now to save a spot. We will be adding to our schedule as we finalize it. For questions regarding where to stay, and more, please visit our FAQ section.

Friday, April 5:

12:00p – Registration

1:00p – Welcome/Overview and Opening Art
Jacqui Lewis & Genesis Be


1:30p – Session 1 (with Q&A)
Wajahat Ali

2:30p – Session 2 (with Q&A)
John Pavlovitz

3:30p – Break and Book Signing

3:45p – Session 3 (with Q&A)
Traci Blackmon

4:45p – Interlude: Leading While Muslim
Debbie Almontaser

5:00p – Turn and Talk Structured Conversations

5:30p – Dinner (offsite)


7:00p – Session 4 (with Q&A)
TED-Type Talks and conversation with Miguel De La Torre and Gary Dorrien

8:30p – Gathering and Sending

Saturday, April 6:

8:30a – Coffee & Registration


9:00a – Session 5 (with Q&A)
TED-Type Talks and conversation with Kelly Brown Douglas and angel Kyodo williams

10:30 – Break and Book Signing


10:45a – Session 6 (with Q&A)
TED-Type Talks and conversation with Mark Charles and Raphael Warnock

12:00p – Interlude: Leading in the Last 100 Ft.
Doug Pagitt

12:15p – Bagged Lunch with structured conversations


1:30p – Session 7 (with Q&A)
Amichai Lau-Lavie

2:15p – Session 8 (with Q&A)
Ritu Bhasin (Authentic Self in the Movement) and Michael Dinwiddie (Art in the Movement)

3:30p – Break and Book Signing

3:45p – Session 9 (with Q&A)
Lane Murdock and Shane Claiborne with Michael Martin

5:00p – Book Signing

5:00-6:30p – Evening Salon #1 — Mobilizing and Activating Anti-Racist Faith Communities: Organizing Voters
Karen Jackson, Carlos Pinero, Yusuf George and the Middle Project Board

6:30-7:00p – Musical Interlude

7:00-8:00p – Evening Salon #2 — Mobilizing and Activating Anti-Racist Faith Communities: Worship and Education
Dionne McClain-Freeney, John Del Cueto, Tami Petty, Jacqui Lewis

Sunday, April 7:

9:00a – Coffee & Conversation

9:30a – Conference Worship Celebration
Jacqui Lewis preaching; Conference Attendees, worship leaders

10:30a – Travel to Annex Site for Listening/Learning Circles

10:45a – Session 10 - Listening / Learning Circles & Brunch
a. Faith, Politics, and Soul Care
Taquiena Boston, Kerry Docherty, Ruchi Amin

b. Faith, Politics, and Human Sexuality
Malaika Mumeka, Bertram Johnson, Darren Johnston

c. Faith, Politics, Media, and Public Theology
Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft, Christina Fleming, John Janka, Nes Martinez (at Middle Church)

d. Faith, Politics, and Conflict Resolution
Jessica Baen (small group limited to 20 participants only)

1:00p – Travel to Middle Church Sanctuary and Break


1:30p – Session 11 - Border Work (with Q&A)
Panel: Camilo Pérez-Bustillo, Ilka Vega, Damaris Whittaker

2:30p – Session 12 - MeToo/Women’s March/Future of Feminism (with Q&A)
Panel: Shifra Bronznick, Zainab Salbi, Linda Sarsour

3:30p – Break and Book Signing

3:45p – Session 13 - Disrupting White Supremacy (with Q&A)
Panel: Kaitlin Curtice, Rob Stephens, Lisa Sharon Harper, Michael-Ray Mathews

4:45p – Book Signing and Dinner offsite


6:00p – Session 14 – Closing: Where Do We Go From Here?
Marianne Williamson, Ruby Sales, and Jacqui Lewis.
Music from the Art & Soul Chorus

8:00-8:30p – Book Signing and Conversations

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Speakers 2019

Speakers 2019


Wajahat Ali, journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department


Ruchi Amin, clinical social worker and works at the New School University as a supervising clinician and maintains a private practice in the West Village.


Jessica Baen, conflict resolution professional with experience in mediation, peacebuilding, conflict resolution education, and intercultural communication.


BETTY, activist pop rock band, their songs have been featured in television series Weeds, The L Word and more. Their music fiercely represents their belief in equal rights and feminism.

Genesis Be, artist and activist, with a newly released album titled People Not Things and debuted an art exhibit in March of the same name in Los Angeles.

Ritu Bhasin, launched bhasin consulting inc., a diversity, and inclusion-focused consulting firm. She is the author of the bestseller The Authenticity Principle.

Traci Blackmon, a minister near Ferguson, Missouri and Executive Director of United Church of Christ’s Justice and Local Church Ministries.

Taquiena Boston, Unitarian Universalist Association's Director of Multicultural Growth and Witness and Special Advisor to the President for Inclusion, Equity, and Change.

Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union, author of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God and Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective

Shifra Bronznick, founder and president of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community. She is a senior fellow with the NYU Research Center for Leadership in Action.

Mark Charles, founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial conciliation and columnist for Native News Online.

Shane Claiborne, best-selling author and founder of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and leads Red Letter Christians, a movement committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said."  

Kailtin Curtice, a Native American Christian mystic who portrays the sacredness of the human condition in everyday language She is the author of Glory Happening.

Rev. Miguel De La Torre Ph.D., author of Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianityand The U.S. Immigration Crisis: Toward an Ethics of Place.


John Del Cueto, director of the award-winning Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir and the Village Chorus for Children and Youth at Middle Collegiate Church.

Michael Dinwiddie, is Associate Professor at NYU whose teaching interests include cultural studies, African American theater history, dramatic writing, filmmaking and ragtime music.

Kerry Docherty, co-founder Faherty Brand, a lifestyle clothing company focused on sustainability and craftsmanship and founder of The Mindful Mentors, providing mindfulness meditation tutorials.

Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and author of 19 books on social ethics, theology, and philosophy, and political theory.


Christina Fleming, editor, producer, and community organizer. Christina is Director of Media Relations and Data Integrity at Middle Collegiate Church.

Yusuf George, director of External Engagement at JUST Capital, a non profit that measures companies by how they treat their workers, communities and the environment. Yusuf serves on the Board of Directors of the Middle Project.

Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft, executive minister for justice and movement building. She is the founder of Raising Imagination, a platform encouraging activism with young and old alike.

Rev. Karen Jackson, serves at Project Hospitality, serving the needs of the poor, hungry and homeless residents of Staten Island, New York. She volunteers with The Middle Project.

John Janka, Doctor of Ministry Faculty at Drew Theological School, co-founder of The Middle Project and consultant to congregations and non-profits.

Bertram Johnson, executive minister of care at Middle Collegiate Church. Bertram is the first openly gay African American to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and holds a M.Div.from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Amichai Lau Lavie,  founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist.

Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D., senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church and co-founder of The Middle Project. She is a popular speaker and author who organizes for an antiracist multiracial movement of fierce love.

Michael Martin, founder and executive director of RAWtools. Mike is licensed for specialized ministry for the work of RAWtools by Mountain States Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA

Rev. Michael Ray-Mathews, centered on the Theology of Resistance, a prophetic, multifaith discourse intended to spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization.


Dionne McClain-Freeney, is a pianist, songwriter. composer, arranger, choral and musical director.


Garry Moore, performing artist, public speaker, playwright, with a long career in broadcast radio. He is Operations and Programming Director at WPNV.

Lane Murdock, a 16-year-old activist and co-founder of the National School Walkout in response to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018.  

Doug Pagitt, executive director and founder of Vote Common Good. He is also a national initiator with Convergence, a collective embodying just Christian ethos leading to action.

Rev. John Pavlovitz, writer, pastor, and activist. His blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. He is the author of A Bigger Table.

Camilo Pérez-Bustillo, director of research, advocacy and leadership development at the Hope Border Institute, based in the US-Mexico border region in El Paso, Texas.

Tami Petty, music director of the Middle Church Choir and In-the-Middle Choir at Middle Collegiate Church. She is the first recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the Sorel Organization honoring women in music.

Carlos Pinero, freelance advisor to small businesses growing through social media development. He is a passionate volunteer educator on immigration justice.


Zainab Salbi, author, activist, host of Yahoo News! Through Her Eyes, and founder of Women for Women International.

Ruby Sales, a nationally-recognized human-rights activist, public theologian,Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) alumna, and social critic. She is founder and director of The Spirithouse Project.

Linda Sarsour,  co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, the 2017 Day Without a Woman, and the 2019 Women's March, and former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

Lisa Sharon Harper, an author of The Very Good Gospel as well as founder and president of Freedom Road. Harper leads trainings and helps mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good.

Rob Stephens, minister for organizing at Middle Collegiate Church and a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute. Rob served as a Field Secretary for the North Carolina NAACP as an organizer in North Carolina’s Forward Together-Moral Monday Movement.

Ilka Vega, a member of the United Methodist Women Racial Justice Charter Support Team. Her work calls us to act in faith to protect human dignity across all borders.


Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His first book is entitled The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety & Public Witness.

angel Kyodo williams,an ordained Zen priest, author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformation. Author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation.

Marianne Williamson, an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist and author of four #1 New York times bestselling books. Williamson is a presidential candidate for the 2020 Elections.

Damaris Whittaker, Senior Minister of Fort Washington Collegiate CHurch. She advocates for racial justice, LGBTQ equality, immigration reform, women’s leadership, universal healthcare, and affordable housing.


Videos (2018)

Videos (2018)

Revolutionary Love 2018: Complete the Dream
APril 6-8, 2018

Thank you to everyone for joining us at Revolutionary Love: Complete the Dream (April 6-8, 2018). Videos of our 2018 conference sessions are available below. A special thank you to our partners!


What Faith Communities MUST Do About Racism


Jacqui Lewis & John Janka with Debbie Almontaser and Simran Jeet Singh


Moral Courage: Black Women Facing Down Racism


Traci Blackmon


When Hope Fails: Sustaining Resistance


Miguel De La Torre


White Supremacy: What's Love Got to Do With It?


Otis Moss III

Session 5

 Poverty, Policy, and Advocacy


Simone Campbell

Session 6


Puerto Rico: A Case Study

Edna Benitez, Michael Weiner, and Jonathan Soto, with Christina Fleming

Session 7

The Labor of Revolutionary Love


Valarie Kaur & Parker Palmer

Session 8

Race, Poverty, and a Path to Redemption


Ruby Sales & Jacqui Lewis


A Dream Deferred: Immigration, Race, and Xenophobia


Stosh Cotler, angel Kyodo williams, and Sally Kohn

Session 10A

Our History and The Violence of White Supremacy


Brian McLaren & Mark Charles


The Economy and the American Dream


Joerg Rieger & David Kyuman Kim


Movement Building at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality


Jennifer Bailey, Micky ScottBeyJones,
Genesis Be, and Linda Sarsour


Revolutionary Love: When Women Warriors Lead (#MeToo & #TimesUp)


Valarie Kaur, America Ferrera, & Sharon Brous


Beyond the Messy Truth: Reclaiming Our Democracy


Van Jones


Closing Keynote: A Call to Moral Revival


Bishop William Barber II