Faith-Based Activism and Service in American Public Life


Read a recap of the event, held on Oct. 26

Join us for a lecture featuring Melissa Rogers on the campus of McCormick Theological Seminary, examining the challenges and opportunities for faith-based activism from theological, legal and practical perspectives.

A panel discussion following the lecture will include Rogers alongside the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ; Amanda Tyler, executive director of the BJC; and the Rev. Dr. Stephanie M. Crumpton, professor practical theology at McCormick Theological Seminary. Dr. Reggie Williams, professor of Christian ethics, will moderate the panel.

Rogers is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. She recently served as special assistant to the president and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during the Obama administration. Previously, Rogers served as chair of the inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Prior to that, Rogers was director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University Divinity School. She has also served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Her area of expertise includes the First Amendment’s religion clauses, religion in American public life and the interplay of religion, policy and politics. Rogers co-authored a case book on religion and law for Baylor University Press, Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court (2008). She holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Baylor University.