St. Luke Community Church
5710 East R. L. Thornton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75223

November 16-17, 2018

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NYLO Dallas South Side
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Call: (214) 421-1080 (mention Red Letter Christians room block)
Hotel is 4 miles from venue.

Schedule

Friday, November 16th
Workshops – 9:00am-4:00pm
6:00pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – Evening Revival begins
11:00pm – Evening Revival ends
Saturday, November 17th
Workshops – 9:00am-4:00pm
6:00pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – Evening Revival begins
11:00pm – Evening Revival ends

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Speakers & Musicians

Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist, sought-after speaker, and self proclaimed “recovering sinner.” Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of numerous books including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, Executing Grace, and his newest book, Beating Guns (2018, forthcoming). He is the visionary founder of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, and Co-Founder of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Bishop with the College of Affirming Bishops and Faith Leaders; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of three books: Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message For The Nation.
Rev. Dr. Barber is also the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature. More than 1,200 peaceful protesters were arrested, handcuffed and jailed. On September 12, 2016 Rev. Dr. Barber led a “Moral Day of Action,” the largest coordinated action on state capitals in U.S. history, calling for state governments to embrace a moral public policy agenda. On February 11, 2017, he led the largest moral march in North Carolina state history, with over 80,000 people calling on North Carolina’s elected officials to embrace a moral public policy agenda.
A highly sought after speaker, Rev. Dr. Barber has given keynote addresses at hundreds of national and state conferences, including the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including national unions, fraternities and sororities, motorcycle organizations, drug dealer conferences, women’s groups, economic policy groups, voting rights advocates, LGBTQ equality and justice groups, environmental and criminal justice groups, small organizing committees of domestic workers, fast food workers, and national gatherings of Christians, Muslims, Jews, and other people of faith.
Rev. Dr. Barber served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, from 2006 – 2017 and currently sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, he is currently Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary and is a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. Rev. Dr. Barber is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and The Nation Magazine, among others. He is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award.
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Alicia T. Crosby, M.A., M.A. is a Chicago-based justice educator, minister, and activist whose work addresses the spiritual, systemic, and interpersonal harm people experience. Through her teaching, writing, speaking, and space curation, Alicia helps individuals, communities, and institutions alike explore and unpack topics related to identity, intersectional equity, and inclusivity. This native New Yorker commits to justice seeking and community building through work with her nonprofit Center for Inclusivity (CFI) as well as in her public speaking and writing. You can find out more about CFI via www.centerforinclusivity.org and follow Alicia’s other work at www.aliciatcrosby.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram via @aliciatcrosby.

 

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 40 years of experience in congregational (English and Spanish) and community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational/community organizing and legislative advocacy. She serves as Affiliate Faculty for the Centro Latino and School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary and ongoing Adjunct Faculty for the Masters in Urban Studies at Eastern University and Masters in Urban Transformational Leadership program at Azusa Pacific University, and has served as adjunct faculty for a number of other colleges and seminaries in the US and overseas. In addition to coordinating the Welcoming Congregations Network/Guardian Angels Project and assisting at Hope Lutheran Church, she serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including co-founding the national Evangelical Immigration Table, the 2007 New Sanctuary Movement, the Guardian Angels project, and the Matthew 25 Movement. From 2011-2014, she served as the Director of Justice for the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA under Bishop Nelson. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice—beginning as the director of CLUE in Los Angeles and then as the first CLUE-CA director. CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Under Alexia’s leadership, CLUE-CA became known for its young leaders’ project, the New Sanctuary Movement and the “Our Children” project in Orange County which engages immigrant and non-immigrant evangelical congregations in joint ministry to immigrant youth facing deportation.
Before CLUE-CA, Rev. Salvatierra founded multiple programs and organizations, in the US and overseas. These included a gang prevention program for at-risk immigrant youth, a community computer center and an intergenerational community garden where the elderly taught at-risk youth to grow produce for sale as well as a collaborative of UC students, homeless leaders and congregation members providing emergency services in the streets of Santa Cruz and the migrant farmworker camps in Watsonville. She was founding director of the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless, a program that integrated social services, community organizing, pastoral care, and economic development for the homeless that was replicated in six US cities. In the Philippines, she trained urban poor women in Manila to serve as chaplains to their neighbors. She has been awarded the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice award from CLUE LA and the Prime Mover fellowship from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
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Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, eloquent orator, and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and fighting against racial injustice. Dr. Haynes is also committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For the past 35 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership of the church has grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church and President of The Middle Project. She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality. Middle Church’s activism for these issues has been featured in media like The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Essence magazine. She is a frequent contributor to MSNBC and blogs at Huffington Post. Lewis co-founded The Middle Project, which trains leaders for the movement for justice. She has been adjunct professor at several seminaries. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Jacqui is the first African American and woman to serve as senior minister in the Collegiate Churches. She is the co-author of The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation (2018) and author of The Power of Stories (2008). Lewis is an Auburn Senior Fellow and is working on a memoir about finding a grown-up God. Lewis earned her M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion at Drew University, and has been adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, The Graduate Theological Union, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary.Read More

Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization which he founded to create and support programs serving needy communities. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians as well as, for the Campolo Center for Ministry, a program which provides support to those the church has called to full-time ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on tonycampolo.org and redletterchristians.org. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

Reverend Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate.
He is founder and co-pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas, and founder and Executive Director of Pastors for Texas Children and Pastors for Children.
Throughout his forty-year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Texas, including Second Baptist Church of Lubbock where he led in a complete church relocation, and Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio where he led in building a multi-cultural and multi-racial community of faith among the 6000 member congregation. Both churches were leaders in their respective communities in fostering inclusiveness and diversity, particularly in the areas of gender and racial equality.
He has also served interim pastorates with Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville and Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, as well as a two-year term on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, as Visiting Professor of Preaching.
In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education support and advocacy. PTC now has over 2000 faith leaders throughout Texas, and has spawned her first state affiliates in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. In 2018, these state organizations formed a nationwide network called Pastors for Children.
His child advocacy has also included service on the Board of Trustees of New Horizons Treatment Center for Children and the Child Friendly Faith Project, both focusing on child abuse prevention and treatment.
He is a frequent preacher and speaker in university, church, business, education, and non-profit circles. He has written for numerous publications, and has made guest appearances on cable network news shows. He is involved in civic and denominational life, including the Mentor Pastor faculty at Perkins School of Theology, SMU and the Board of Trustees of Brite Divinity School, TCU. He was named “Baptist of the Year” by the Baptist Center for Ethics in 2004 for his stance on racial equality and diversity in San Antonio. Morehouse College honored Rev. Johnson for his lifelong work in social justice by inducting him into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers in 2008.
He is married to Jana, has three children, and three grandchildren. He enjoys reading, hunting, and spending time at his ranch in Desdemona, Texas. You may find him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and speaker. Together with his wife, Leah, he co-founded the Rutba House in Durham, NC, where he also directs the School for Conversion (www.schoolforconversion.org). Jonathan has spent the past year chronicling Moral Mondays with the Moral Movement’s chief architect, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. Their book, The Third Reconstruction, is due out from Beacon Press in January 2016.

Pastor Ray Jordan is the Senior Pastor of Central Congregational UCC in Dallas, TX. Ray has worked as a public-school teacher, university professor, non-profit administrator, corporate trainer, clergyperson and consultant. Ray is a sought-after preacher, speaker, workshop leader and facilitator in the areas of difference (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) and cultural competency. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and is completing his PhD (ABD) from Union Institute and University, with an emphasis in public policy and social change. Currently, Ray can also be found teaching in the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University when not spending time with his three children, Trey and Alley and Joshua Caleb.

Sandy Ovalle is a native of Mexico City. Currently, she serves as the Immigration Campaigns Coordinator for Sojourners in Washington, DC. She has worked in immigration advocacy and church mobilization with Matthew 25/Mateo 25 and World Relief in Southern California and has been involved in campus ministry among Latinx college students in Texas and California. She holds a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Long Beach, CA holds a special place in her heart where she learned to ride a bike and enjoyed talking walks on the beach, watching the sunsets, and connecting with her neighbors. Sandy loves interacting with food and writing poetry.

Austen Hartke is the author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, a new book on theology and personal narratives, published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2018. He is also the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, and the Faith Coordinator for the San Francisco based nonprofit Gender Spectrum. Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. As a transgender person of faith, Austen’s greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture.

Peggy Larney, a full blood American Indian and a Citizen of the Choctaw Nation, will be our presenter in August in our interfaith focus on the theme: “Owning Violence: Affirming Nonviolence.”
Peggy is the Founder of the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas and Founder of I C.A.R.E. (Indian Citizens against Racial Exploitation). She is a lay member of the Tyler Street United Methodist Church.

Ethan Avanzino is the Chair of the Transgender Council at Cathedral of Hope. He transitioned from female to male in 2015 with full support from his family, friends, and workplace. Education and visibility are Ethan’s main passion points – He believes that when people know someone who is transgender and they have the knowledge to speak to the topic, then bullying and bigotry will stop and love and affirmation will shine

The Reverend Dr. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas is the Senior Pastor of Cathedral of Hope of Dallas, called and elected by the 4,500-member congregation on April 12, 2015, following a year-long search. He began his tenure on June 3, 2015.
Dr. Cazares-Thomas previously served for 13 years as the Senior Pastor of the Founders Metropolitan Community Church, Los Angeles, the founding church of Metropolitan Community Churches, an international movement of churches reaching in and beyond the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, and inter-sex community.
A member of Metropolitan Community Churches since 1981, having joined the church on his fifteenth birthday, Rev. Neil has served in numerous denominational positions including Chair, Board of Ordained Ministries (European District); Member, Elder’s Task Force on Education; Member, European District Committee; Member, Board of Samaritan College in Europe; Supervising Pastor, and Ecumenical Officer. More recently he has served on the Moderator’s Advising Team and consultant to the Office of Formation and Leadership Development.
As a native of Bournemouth, England, Dr. Cazares-Thomas was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His family left the Mormon Church in his early years. He attended St John’s Theological College (Church of England), La Saint Union (Roman Catholic) and King Alfred’s College, and graduated with a BA (M. Div [USA equiv]). In 2002, he enrolled in the Doctoral program at San Francisco Theological College (Presbyterian) He graduated with his Doctor of Ministry in October 2009.
He has been granted Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ.
Dr. Cazares-Thomas is a contributing author of Daring to Speak Love’s Name(Penguin Books, 1993), From Queer to Eternity (Cassell, 1997), The Queer Bible Commentary (SCM Press, 2006) and is currently writing a chapter for a new book entitled, Jesus Acted Up: Then and Now. He has also been featured in a number of journals relating to queer theology and ministry to the LGBTQ community.
Dr. Cazares-Thomas is married to Isaiah Thomas-Cazares and they have a daughter.
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Rev. Erin Wyma was born and raised in Southern California. Received her bachelor’s degree in literature from U.C. Santa Cruz and ministered with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in that context. She has worked in large evangelical churches and smaller protestant churches ministering to youth and young adults for over 25 years. She has been a public-school teacher. She worked at a nonprofit that focused on foster and adoptive care for children. She lived overseas for a year to study the Bible in her late 20’s which lead to a love of the Bible as well as a love of adventure and travel which she still has to this day. In 2006 she received her M. Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Her passion is missions and outreach and in college she was introduced to cross-cultural & inner-city outreach which culminated in spending her 2008 summer in Cambodia teaching ESL with World Relief.
She has been a guest podcaster on Homebrewed Christianity, worked in leadership for AIDS ministries, been a part of a creative downtown Los Angeles church plant, co-led various youth camps in the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ, and been a keynote speaker for the South Bay Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. In February of 2009, she accepted her first call and became the full-time Associate minister at Manhattan Beach Community Church. She was ordained into the United Church of Christ in January 2011. She accepted the call as one of the Associate Ministers of Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas TX in June of 2016. She loves her job. She adores her adopted cat, Coco. She is a coffee snob. Since moving to Dallas, she has learned to greatly enjoy walking the Katy Trail, eating queso and drinking sangria margarita swirls.
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Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is Professor of New Testament, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is the author of numerous books and essays, including Reading John for Dear Life: A Spiritual Walk with the Fourth Gospel and Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer. She is the New Testament editor of the CEB Women’s Bible. She writes and speaks most often on the Gospel of John: Disability and the Bible; and Evil, Suffering, and Death. She leads cross-cultural immersion trips to Palestine and Israel regularly. She writes for workingpreacher.org and appears in the documentary Hellbound? As an ordained American Baptist minister, she has served in both parish and hospice settings. She is a Navy brat and enjoys cycling, racquetball, and generally staying in motion. For more information, see jaimeclarksoles.com and https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/FacultyAcademics/FacultyListingA-Z/Clark-Soles.

Rev. Edwin Robinson is a Christian minister. He holds a Masters of Theological Studies and Graduate certificate in African And African American studies from Duke University. He has served the Dallas community as both an associate pastor at Concord Church the Dallas Southern sector and most recently as the former Executive Director of Faith in Texas, a not for profit organization that focuses on organizing faith communities for racial and economic justice. Rev. Edwin Robinson currently works with faith and community leaders to organize, strategize and ultimately mobilize to address and eradicate the pervasive social evils of racial, gender, and economic inequity and oppression. Edwin fundamentally believes in the power of the people. He believes through the power of people of faith and leadership of those who have been made to be “the least of these” we can dismantle the systems of oppression that continue to create the poor and powerless in our world.

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.
She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the award-winning author of ten books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World —A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015), Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012) and Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (HarperOne, 2006). Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks will be released by HarperOne on April 3, 2018.

She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the award-winning author of ten books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World —A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015), Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012) and Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (HarperOne, 2006). Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks will be released by HarperOne on April 3, 2018.
She regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues in the United States and internationally. Her bylines include The Washington Post, The New York Times Syndicate, and The Huffington Post. She has commented widely on religion, politics, and culture widely in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, NPR, Sirius XM, and CBC.
Diana Butler Bass is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Wilbur Award, the Nautilus Gold Medal, the Book of the Year from Religion News Service, and the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. She holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York. She also serves on the board of Public Religion Research and is an advisor on the project for a National Museum of American Religion in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, Dr. Butler Bass has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary in subjects ranging from church history and American religious history to religion and politics, religion and race, and congregational studies. From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment-funded study of mainline Protestant vitality—a project featured in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times.
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Doug Pagitt is the pastor of Solomon’s Porch Community in Minneapolis, Executive Director of Vote Common Good, a speaker, writer, activist, and self-described possibility evangelist.