Auburn gathered individual groups of Black, Latinx, and White leaders of faith and moral courage to discuss what it means to belong to each other in a profoundly divided world. These conversations explored what it will take to create a multiracial democracy in the U.S., how to create space for intra-racial connection and healing, and how to come together across divisions to dismantle supremacist logic and reimagine a world where all can thrive.
The research team presented and reflected on the report’s findings; watch the recording of that timely, spirit-provoking conversation:
Thank you for thinking with us about how we deepen belonging and transform our systems and selves to create the world we long for.
Lisa Anderson, Embodied Justice Leadership, Auburn
Lisa Anderson works to advance multi-faith movements for justice. She is the founding director of Auburn’s Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle (STLC), a fellowship program that prioritizes self-care for women of color in social justice spaces. Lisa has taught courses in black, womanist, feminist, and LGBTQ theologies, ethics, and liturgy.
Erica Ramirez, PhD, Applied Research, Auburn
Dr. Erica M. Ramirez is a prominent scholar of U.S. Latinx religion and Pentecostalism. She has contributed scholarly articles to multiple journals and presented academic papers to the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the Red de Investigadores de Fenomenos Religiosos Annual Meeting.
Sharon Groves, PhD, Partner Engagement, Auburn
Dr. Sharon Groves engages with movements, leaders, and organizations doing justice work grounded in faith and moral courage. Sharon also served as an Auburn Senior Fellow, working at the intersection of faith, LGBTQ equality, and social justice, specializing in breaking down cultural barriers.
Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Faith Matters Network
Reverend Jen Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and a national leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is the founder and executive director of Faith Matters Network, co-founder of the People’s Supper, and author of To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope.
João Chaves, PhD, Hispanic Theological Initiative
Dr. João B. Chaves is Assistant Director for Programming at the Hispanic Theological Initiative, housed at Princeton Theological Seminary. João is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and three books, including Migrational Religion: Context and Creativity in the Latinx Diaspora.
Rev. Jennifer Harvey, Drake University
Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, educator, public speaker, and activist long engaged in work for racial justice and white antiracism. Her books include the New York Times bestseller Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation.
Moderator: Keisha E. McKenzie, PhD, Programs, Auburn
Dr. Keisha E. McKenzie is a communication/development strategist, faith organizer, and consultant. She has years of experience managing digital organizing platforms and programs. She is featured in the how-to dialogue film on faith, gender, and sexuality, Enough Room at the Table.