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Revolutionary Love: Toward a more perfect union

April 24-26, 2020 | Middle Collegiate Church in New York City


Revolutionary Love: Toward a more perfect union

April 24-26, 2020 | Middle Collegiate Church in New York City

The Middle Project, Focus for Health, Drew Theological School,
the Revolutionary Love Project, and Auburn Theological Seminary present:

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

Join us online. Visit to watch the livestream of #RevLove19.

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


Visit to watch the Livestream of Revolutionary Love 2019: The Politics of Faith.

Friday, April 5:

12:00p – Registration

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


1:30p – Session 1
Wajahat Ali (Also on Facebook Live)

2:30p – Session 2
John Pavlovitz

3:30p – Break and Book Signing

3:45p – Session 3
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
Miguel De La Torre and Gary Dorrien

8:30p – Book Signing

Saturday, April 6:

8:30a – Coffee & Registration


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

10:30 – Break and Book Signing


10:45a – Session 6
Mark Charles and Raphael Warnock

12:15p – Interlude: Leading in the Last 100 Ft.
Doug Pagitt

12:30p – Bagged Lunch with Structured Conversations

SPECIAL Conversation: The Politics of Parenting: Raising Anti-racist, Socially and Morally Conscious Generation
Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft & Micky ScottBey Jones


1:30p – Session 7
Amichai Lau-Lavie

2:15p – Session 8
Ritu Bhasin and Michael Dinwiddie (Also on Facebook Live)

3:30p – Break and Book Signing

3:45p – Session 9
Lane Murdock with Michael Martin

5:00p – Dinner and Structured Conversations offsite

5:00-6:30p – Evening Salon 1 — Mobilizing and Activating Anti-Racist Faith Communities: Organizing Voters (RSVP needed)
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, Bertram Johnson

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, and Conflict Resolution
Jessica Baen

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

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


1:30p – Session 11 - Border Work
Panel: Camilo Pérez-Bustillo, Ilka Vega, Damaris Whittaker

2:30p – Session 12 - MeToo/Women’s March/Future of Feminism
Panel: Judith Rosenbaum, Zainab Salbi, Linda Sarsour

3:30p – Break and Book Signing

3:45p – Session 13 - Disrupting White Supremacy
Panel: Kaitlin Curtice, Rob Stephens, Lisa Sharon Harper, Michael-Ray Mathews

4:45p – Book Signing and Dinner with Structured Conversations offsite


6:00p – Session 14 – Closing: Where Do We Go From Here?
Marianne Williamson, Ruby Sales, and Jacqui Lewis (Also on Facebook Live)
Music from Natalie Perkins and Dionne McClain-Freeney

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Speakers 2019

Speakers 2019


Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an awardwinning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department. @WajahatAli


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


Dr. Debbie Almontaser is the president of the Muslim Community Network and author of Leading While Muslim. She is known for her interfaith organizing. @DebbiAlmontaser


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


BETTY is an 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. @bettymusic

Genesis Be is an 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. @GenesisBe (Photo: Rae Maxwell)

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

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the executive director of The United Church of Christ’s Justice and Local Church Ministries and senior minister of Christ The King, a church near Ferguson, Missouri. @pastortraci

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

KThe Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is the Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, author of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God and Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective. @DeanKBD

Mark Charles is the founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial reconciliation and columnist for Native News Online. @wirelesshogan

Kailtin Curtice is a Native American Christian mystic who portrays the sacredness of the human condition in everyday language. She is the author of Glory Happening. @KaitlinCurtice (Photo: Amy Paulson)

Rev. Miguel De La Torre Ph.D. is a professor of ethics and Latinx studies at Iliff Theological Seminary and the author of Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity and The U.S. Immigration Crisis: Toward an Ethics of Place. @DrDeLaTorre


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

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

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

Rev. Gary Dorrien, Ph.D. is the 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 is the director of media relations and data integrity at Middle Collegiate Church. @HeyGodItsUs

Yusuf George is the 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.

Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft is the Executive Minister for Justice, Education and Movement Building at Middle Collegiate Church. She is the founder of Raising Imagination, a platform inspiring activism across ideological difference. @ARaeAshcraft

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

Rev. John Janka is on the Doctor of Ministry Faculty at Drew Theological School, co-founder of The Middle Project, and consultant to congregations and nonprofits. He is the co-author of The Pentecost Paradigm.

Rev. Bertram Johnson is the Executive Minister of Care, Worship and The Arts at Middle Collegiate Church. He is a member of the NEXT Church Strategy Team and was a coauthor of The Sarasota Statement.

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


Darren Johnston is the chair of the Middle Collegiate Church Consistory. He is an associate theatre producer with No Guarantees LLC.

Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. is the Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church. She is a nationally acclaimed activist, author, public theologian, and organizer of an anti-racist multicultural movement of love and justice. She has been featured in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on The Today Show, CBS, and MSNBC. @RevJacquiLewis

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

Rev. Michael Ray-Mathews is the Director of Clergy Organizing for Faith in Action and is the first AfricanAmerican President of the Alliance of Baptists Board of Directors. His work is centered on the Theology of Resistance, a prophetic, multifaith discourse intended to spark faith leaders to fight injustice and dehumanization. @mrmathews


Dionne McClain-Freeney directs the Middle Church Band. She is a composer, singer, choral and musical director, arranger, and teaching artist who has appeared on national and international stages. @DMcClainFreeney


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


Malaika Mumeka is a transgender non-conforming femme and college student. They grew up at Middle Church, which sparked their passion for intersectional activism and creating safe spaces for marginalized youth. Photo: Peter Calderon

Lane Murdock is a 16-year old activist and co-founder of the National School Walkout in response to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018. @lanemurdock2002

Doug Pagitt is the 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 is a 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 and Hope and Other Superpowers. @johnpavlovitz

Camilo Pérez-Bustillo is the 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 is the 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 is a freelance advisor to the growth of small businesses through social media development. He is a passionate volunteer educator on immigration justice and serves on The Middle Project board.


Judith Rosenbaum is Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change. @jahr


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