Introducing FaithSource
By mreyf
June 14, 2012

No matter your beat, today all journalists must tackle issues from a faith lens, as faith squarely feeds the heart of current American opinion, policy and politics. FaithSource is a new initiative to bring fresh voices of faith into mainstream media to counterbalance the often extreme voices that claim to speak for America’s religious majority. An initiative of Auburn Seminary, FaithSource connects journalists to experts and thought leaders who can speak on many issues, from various religious perspectives, for breaking news, interviews, and scheduled appearances.

Journalists are invited to a telephone press briefing about FaithSource, with selected FaithSource participants, on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Email cgunter@auburnseminary.org for call-in details.

FaithSource is a braintrust of more than 40 high-profile thought leaders, scholars, celebrities, clergy, advocates, writers and experts, designed to help American journalists easily find new guests and commentators.

FaithSource participants are religiously diverse and can tackle every newsworthy story through the viewfinder and values of faith, on topics such as race and gender equality, religious tolerance, economic justice, environmentalism, LGBTQ equality, foreign policy, reproductive rights, immigration, and more. This new cadre of powerful thought leaders is something the American audience is hungry for now, more than ever.

FaithSource is a rich new Rolodex of informed, media-savvy, influential spokespeople who can speak on behalf of the diverse, real majority that is America, including:

Wajahat Ali, attorney, journalist, and playwright, The Domestic Crusaders. He is currently writing a television pilot with Dave Eggers about a Muslim-American cop in the Bay Area, California. Ali contributes to The Guardian, Salon, Slate and McSweeney's, and blogs at goatmilkblog.com (Muslim);

Joanna Brooks, progressive Mormon journalist and blogger (askmormongirl.com); author, The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith; senior correspondent, Religion Dispatches; one of Politico.com's "50 Politicos to Watch;" and professor of American Literature at San Diego State University (Christian, Mormon);

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, Network, a liberal social justice lobby; organizer of upcoming bus tour, “Nuns on the Bus: Nuns Drive for Faith, Family and Fairness" (Christian, Catholic);

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, United Methodist Bishop of the Desert Southwest Conference and the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy (Christian, United Methodist Church);

Majora Carter, President, The Majora Carter Group, MacArthur Award-winning environmental advocate, host of American Public Media’s The Promised Land, and founder, Sustainable South Bronx (Spiritual);

Shane Claiborne, Founding Partner, The Simple Way, a radical faith community in Philadelphia committed to nonviolence and service to the poor; contributor, member, Red Letter Christians. (Christian, Evangelical);

The Rev. Michael Ellick, Minister, Judson Memorial Church, and co-founder, Occupy Faith (Christian, United Church of Christ);

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), first Muslim to be elected to Congress (Muslim);

The Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, President, Interfaith Alliance, a national non-partisan grassroots and educational organization; Pastor, Northminster (Baptist) Church, in Monroe, LA; and host of the weekly radio show State of Belief (Christian, Baptist);

The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President, Auburn Seminary (Christian, Presbyterian Church USA);

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary (Christian Church: Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ);

Van Jones, Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream, and former green jobs advisor to the Obama White House (Christian, African Methodist Episcopal)

Valarie Kaur, Director, Groundswell, the social action initiative of Auburn Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School-educated filmmaker of the award-winning Divided We Fall (Sikh);

The Rev. Jacqueline Lewis, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church (Christian, Presbyterian Church USA);

Bill McKibben, Founder and Executive Director, 350.org; leading environmentalist and climate change activist (Christian, United Methodist Church);

Ruth Messinger, President and Executive Director of American Jewish World Service, an organization that helps to alleviate hunger, poverty and disease through grassroots social change grant making, public policy, volunteer service and education about global justice within the Jewish community (Jewish);

The Rev. Otis Moss III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL, part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Christian, Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ);

Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core and regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. (Muslim);

Bishop Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, subject of the award-winning documentary Love Free or Die (Christian, Episcopal);

Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practices, Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University (Baptist);

Chely Wright, first openly gay country singer and subject of award-winning documentary Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (Christian).

TELECONFERENCE DETAILS:
WHO: FaithSource participants, invited press, moderated by Macky Alston, Founder and Senior Director of Auburn Media

WHAT: Telephone press briefing on FaithSource

WHEN: June 14, 2012, 2:00pm EDT

RSVP for Call-In Details: cgunter@auburnseminary.org

Submit questions in advance of the press conference via email to cgunter@auburnseminary.org or call in to ask your questions live during the teleconference.
Contact

Claudia Gunter
(212) 870-3174


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