Church and Society Gathering
Tony Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern
University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. and an ordained minister
who has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. He also served for ten years on the faculty of the
University of Pennsylvania. As founder of the Evangelical
Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), Dr. Campolo
has provided the leadership to create, nurture and support programs
for "at-risk" children in cities across the United States and Canada,
and has helped establish schools and universities in several
Dr. Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having guested on television programs like Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show and CNN News. He co-hosted his own television series, Hashing It Out, on the Odyssey Network, and presently hosts From Across The Pond, a weekly program on the Premier Radio Network in England. The author of 28 books, his most recent titles are Revolution and Renewal: How Churches Are Saving Our Cities (Westminster: John Knox) and Let Me Tell You a Story: Life Lessons From Unexpected Places and Unlikely People (WORD).
Marie Clarke* is the National Coordinator of Jubilee USA Network, the US arm of the international Jubilee movement for debt cancellation for impoverished countries. Jubilee has almost 70 member church denominations, labor, environmental and citizen groups, 12 regional groups and about 9000 individual members. Marie was previously a director of Quest for Peace at the Quixote Center and a member of the Jubilee USA Coordinating Committee. She has extensive experience in grassroots development work in Nicaragua and domestic and international advocacy work. In Nicaragua, Marie participated in sustainable development work through Nicaraguan partners in thirty of the most impoverished municipalities. Prior to directing Quest for Peace, Marie worked as an associate at NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. Marie lived in developing countries for 12 years.
Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, is a master teacher and organizer of nonviolent resistance against injustice. Martin Luther King Jr. called Lawson "the greatest teacher on nonviolence in America." Lawson is best know for his work with the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) and his role in organizing the Nashville lunch-counter sit-ins during the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
Njoki Njoroge Njehu*, Director of 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice, is a Kenyan national who worked with women's groups and the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya before coming to the U.S. for college in 1986. Previously she worked for Greenpeace International for three years where she focused on the international toxic trade and on biodiversity and oceans issues. She joined the 50 Years Is Enough Network in July 1996 and became Director in October 1998. She serves on the board of the Quixote Center, and on the Advisory Committees of the Campaign for Labor Rights and ACERCA. She is a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Social Forum, the Africa Social Forum, and a volunteer in various capacities, especially fundraising in support of groups in the Global South. Her responsibilities with "50 Years" include media work, fundraising, and being the lead spokesperson for the Network worldwide.
Mark Lewis Taylor, Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Seminary, believes that "part of the present challenge of contemporary theology is to do theology that is rooted not only in the church and in the academy, but also in the people's movements for social change occurring in other sectors of public life." Dr. Taylor's special interest in culture and theology is reflected in both his life and his work. Since 1987, he has studied regularly in Guatemala and in Chiapas, Mexico, where he analyzes the cultural and political dynamics of the churches as they move closer to a contextualized Mayan theology that also facilitates resistance to military repression.
James E. Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). Winkler joined GBCS staff in 1985 as a seminar designer with United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs, during which time he led more than 150 seminars for United Methodist youth, college students and adults from across the denomination. Since 1996, Winkler has served as Annual Conference Relations Director and as Assistant General Secretary for Resourcing Congregational Life. In 2000 he was chosen to lead the General Board of Church and Society as General Secretary. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and George Mason University in Virginia.
Linda Bales believes that people of faith can "move mountains" in partnership with God and that human potential for goodness begs to be released throughout the world. Linda currently serves as a program director for the GBCS in Washington, DC and specifically directs the Louise & Hugh Moore Population Project. This global project focuses primarily on advocacy on women's issues such as HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health, domestic violence and gender equity. Through her work with United Methodists, the United States Congress and the United Nations, the concerns of oppressed populations around the globe are raised with the hope of making a difference. Linda, a life-long United Methodist, has served in this position for two years and has been an outspoken activist for women's rights and peace. A commitment to social change by addressing the root causes of poverty and distress is evidenced through her past involvement with the Communities of Shalom movement in the UMC and the Shared Mission Focus on Young People. She has authored numerous articles for United Methodist publications and has spoken widely across the connection on social issues.
Liberato (Levi) C. Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations Ministry, GBCS. In this capacity, he is also the Main Representative to the United Nations, with representations at the United Nations headquarters in New York as well as in Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria. Levi comes from the Philippines where he served for 10 years as the human rights coordinator for the National Council of Churches in the Philippines during a period he characterizes as "the brutal Marcos dictatorship and the coup-ridden Aquino regime." He is known in ecumenical and civil society circles in Asia and around the world especially in the field of international affairs, human rights, and social and political ethics which are also his academic pursuits and about which he has written essays and edited books and journals. He proposes that another globalization is possible--where there is "food and freedom, jobs and justice, land and liberation." Levi graduated from the University of the Philippines for his degree in history and political science and is a doctoral candidate in Christian social ethics from Drew University.
Joy Bergey, Project Leader, Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign.
Litsa Binder is a member of Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), and she chairs the Church and Society Committee at the Sparta UMC (Sparta, NJ). In April 2003 she went with the FOR Peace- Builders delegation to Israel and Palestine and has been speaking to church and community groups about her experience there.
We Hyun Chang is a full member of New England Annual conference since 1999 and the associate pastor of Wesley UMC in Concord, NH. He was born in the South Korea, graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 1996, and served a church in Western Massachusetts. He is a member of Church and Society of New England Conference and a member of Clergy Advocates for Peace in the Korean Peninsula.
Clayton Childers. As Program Director, Annual Conference Relations, GBCS, he coordinates work in the Southeast and Northeast Jurisdictions and all Central Conferences. He previously served as a local church pastor in South Carolina United Methodist Conference for eleven years. He holds degrees from Furman University, Southeastern Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He has served several leadership positions in the South Carolina Annual Conference including Vice-Chair of the Conference Commission on Religion and Race. He is married to the Rev. Denise M. Childers who serves as associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas, Virginia.
Neal Christie serves as Assistant General Secretary for the Ministry of Resourcing Congregational Life, GBCS. He and his staff are responsible for the UM Seminar Program on National and International Affairs,. Annual Conference Relations, Peace with Justice and Shared Mission Focus on young People Grants and Ethnic Local Church concerns and grants. Neal is an ordained elder in the Greater NJ Annual Conference. Prior to coming to the board Neal had served local churches, been involved in prison ministry and served as a trauma hospital chaplain. He was worked with the board leading hundreds of seminars and workshops for clergy and laity at all levels of the church in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has attended Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, American University School of International Service, Columbia University and the New School for Social Research. He is married to Lois Clinton, a psychotherapist.
Marilyn Clement's organizing work started with Dr. Martin Luther King and the fight for voting rights. She later worked for the Interreligious Foundation and was Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and later The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. For the past few years, she has been Executive Secretary for Economic Justice for the Women's Division of the United Methodist Church, developing materials on fair trade rules, a popular video on the World Trade Organization, a statement to the UN Conference on Financing for Development, and a packet on "From Consumerism to Caring." Her passion and her continuing organizing is dedicated to achieving a comprehensive national health care system in the United States.
Dr. Pamela Couture is Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In her research she uses the discipline of practical theology to combine pastoral care and poverty, which is reflected in her two books: Blessed Are the Poor? Women's Poverty, Family Policy and Practical Theology (Abingdon: 1991) and Seeing Children, Seeing God: A Practical Theology of Children and Poverty (Abingdon: 2000). She is an ordained member of United Methodist Church, Northern Illinois Annual Conference. She serves as a consultant to the Bishops Initiative on Children and Poverty. She frequently speaks to organizations on children and poverty and Wesleyan theology. She received the M. Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. in Practical Theology from the University of Chicago.
Janet Douglass is the (Lay) Assistant Pastor at Christ Church, United Methodist in downtown Troy, NY. She came to the US from Britain 12 years ago having worked in the fair trade since 1977. She has continued her interest in the USA. and is enjoying seeing these issues begin to take hold just as she saw them do in Europe in the 70s and 80s. For 3 years she was on the Board of Europ's largest ATO (alternative trading organization) Traidcraft.plc and spent her time taking the issue to churches and homes, politicians, community and fraternal groups. She trained as a Local Preacher of the British Methodist Church (.a lay and volunteer position) and continues to enjoy preaching, teaching scripture and finding better ways of putting the ideas of Jesus into practice.
Ken L. Fealing, Program Director for Civil and Human Rights, Ministry of God's Human Community, GBCS. He is an experienced lobbyist, activist and "faith in action" member of the United Methodist Church, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in News and Broadcast Journalism. Mr. Fealing's previous work experiences include: Manager, Legislative and Public Affairs, Minority Business Coalition, Washington, D.C.; Regional Grassroots Lobbyist, Bonner and Associates, Washington, D.C.; Senior Legislative Representative/Congressional Lobbyist, Service Employees International Union, WDC; Senior Writer! Editor, Service Employees International Union, WDC; Managing Editor, Washington City View Magazine, WDC Managing Editor, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Alexandria VA and Senior News Reporter/News Editor, The Louisiana Weekly Publishing Company, New Orleans, LA
Jaydee Hanson, Assistant General Secretary for Public Witness and Advocacy, GBCS. Before coming to work for the General Board in 1981, Mr. Hanson was an International Affairs Specialist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Prior to that, he was an environmental policy fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii. In 1993 and 1994, he was a visiting scholar at the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy at Wesley Theological Seminary. Mr. Hanson is active in a number of ecumenical and, secular organizations. He was Treasurer of the U.S. National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group. He has helped organize a number of interfaith efforts on environmental and other issues. He was one of the principal organizers of the Joint Appeal on Human and Animal Patenting. He also is on the World Council of Churches' committees relating to environmental and genetic issues.
C.J. Hawking, a clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference who is currently on Family Leave, has been a faith-labor activist for ten years. She is currently completing her Master in Labor Studies at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Hawking is co-authoring a book on the locked-out Staley workers of Decatur, Illinois, to be published by the University of Illinois Press in 2004 and is an adjunct instructor for the Division of Labor Studies at Indiana University.
Jung Pyo Hong
David Miller is a Mennonite pastor in University Park (State College) PA who is doing a D.Min practicum with Every Church a Peace Church, focusing his efforts on ecumenical relationships of ECAPC.
Brian Moyer. Brian and Holley Moyer own and operate Green Haven Farm in Berks County where they raise pastured poultry, sheep and dairy goats. They market their chickens, eggs, lamb and goat cheese through 2 CSAs, 2 farmers' markets, restaurants and direct on-the-farm sales. They are the founders of the Skippack Farmers' Market where Brian is also market manager. Brian also helped start up the Indian Valley Farmers' Market in Telford. Recently, Brian was elected to the board of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) as well as the board of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).
Mike Prokosch is coordinator for the global economy education and organizing programs of United for a Fair Economy. Mike received his B.A. degree from Harvard College (1970) and began a long career as a Central America solidarity organizer. He was development coordinator and national program director at the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and has worked as a graphic designer for various organizations. His work is reflected in the book "The Global Activist's Manual: Local Ways to Change the World," edited by Mike Prokosch and Laura Raymond.
Rev. Terry Provance is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and Executive Director of Oikocredit USA based in Washington, Rev. Terry Provance is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and Executive Director of Oikocredit USA.
Dianne Roe, 60, of Coming, NY is a former school teacher. She has been with Christian Peacemaker Teams (www.cpt.org) for the past eight years, spending most of that time in the West Bank city of Hebron. More recently she has spent time with the traditional Oneida in her home area of the Finger Lakes of New York State.
Jim Stipe, Northeast Regional Organizer, Bread for the World. As an organizer for Bread for the World, Jim leads many seminars on how to effectively communicate with members of Congress about policy decisions that impact low-income people on hunger and poverty issues. He earned a masters degree in theology for the purpose of working with churches on advocacy issues. He has worked for years on U.S. and international hunger issues.
Pete da Silva has a background in business management and development. He has worked as retail store manager, as marketing manager of a wholesale import company, and as consultant to congregations since 1989, with the Gamaliel Foundation. He has also worked as union, tenant, and community organizer.
Sally Jo Snyder is the Good Schools Pennsylvania Field Director for Erie County and Northwestern Pennsylvania. She is also a United Methodist Clergywoman from the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference where she chairs the conference's Church and Society Team.
Erin Sutphin is the Good Schools Pennsylvania Field Director for Wilkes-Barre and Scranton area and Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Ray Torres, MIDATLANTIC regional coordinator for Witness for Peace, Member of First United Methodist Church of Germantown's Haiti Committee, and Iraq Pledge of Resistance organizing committee.
David Wildman, Executive Secretary, Human Rights & Racial Justice Mission Contexts & Relationships, General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church.