David Beasley leads Auburn Seminary’s use of digital tools to deepen connections to, with, and among leaders in the multifaith movement for justice. They are most interested in the way that relationships can exist across distance and difference in digital spaces. David leads online growth by finding new ways to provide tools to train, support, and nourish leaders in service of the broader movement for justice.
Pastor Amy Butler
Pastor Amy Butler is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the Riverside Church. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. When she’s not busy leading the church, Pastor Amy enjoys exploring New York, taking in a concert or a Broadway show, or hosting friends for dinner. She is an avid reader and loves to write, recently completing her first memoir which will be published by Penguin Random House Books in February, 2018.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. Her foundation provides educational and leadership opportunities to girls, women and youth in West Africa. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace & security.
Pastor Mike McBride
Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. Throughout the years, Pastor McBride’s commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and community organizations. A graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy, Pastor McBride planted The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as the Lead Pastor.
Dr. Keisha E. McKenzie
Dr. Keisha E. McKenzie was educated in the UK, Jamaica, and West Texas. As Auburn Seminary’s director of digital strategy, Keisha manages Auburn’s organizing community, Groundswell Movement; helps movement partners use digital tools to deepen their impact; and builds public and movement-facing content. Since 2012, Keisha has worked as a communications and development strategist, faith organizer, and speaker, and served on faith-rooted justice nonprofit boards across the US. Keisha's pronouns are she and they.
Rev. Ellen Robison
Rev. Ellen Robison is the Minister of Worship and the Arts at The Riverside Church. She is passionate about creating inclusive worship environments that intentionally incorporate a diversity of artistic expressions.
Rev. Dr. Rodney S. Sadler JR
Rodney S. Sadler Jr’s teaching experience includes courses in biblical languages, Old and New Testament interpretation, wisdom literature in the Bible, the history and religion of ancient Israel, and African American biblical interpretation. He frequently lectures within the church and community on Race in the Bible, African American Biblical Interpretation, the Image of Jesus, Biblical Archaeology, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was the managing editor of the African American Devotional Bible.
Auburn equips leaders with the organizational skills and spiritual resilience required to create lasting, positive impact in local communities, on the national stage, and around the world.
We amplify voices and visions of faith and moral courage. We convene diverse leaders and cross-sector organizations for generative collaboration and multifaith understanding. And we research what’s working — and not — in theological education and social change-making.
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.
Faith in action
Faith in Action supports grassroots organizing which enables people of faith to build power to reshape their lives and their communities. Our network of organizations trains leaders and equips them with tools to fight racism and make society more equitable.
Backed by a vast network of authors, educators and students, Narrative 4 (N4) has become of one of the world’s most impactful change-makers in the fields of empathy and education. N4’s mission is to harness the power of the story exchange to equip and embolden young adults to improve their lives, communities and the world. N4’s youth-led programs, built on a powerful model of exchanging personal stories, have inspired communities on four continents and over a dozen countries to navigate and heal our divided world with N4’s trademark “radical empathy,” addressing the broad, yet intersecting, themes of faith, identity, immigration, violence and the environment.
RAWtools, Inc. gets its scriptural motivation from Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3. We want to be comprehensive in our efforts to move our communities away from gun violence and violence as a whole. Its not enough to just make a lot of tools from guns. We need to help teach each other new ways to solve our problems through relationship, dialogue, and alternative means of justice, i.e. Restorative Justice practices and victim-offender dialogue.