Director of the BJC Center for Faith, Justice and Reconciliation
Phone: 202.544.4226 x309
Email: [email protected]
Sabrina E. Dent directs the BJC Center for Faith, Justice and Reconciliation, leading several of BJC’s educational programs and BJC’s Project on Race and Religious Freedom.
Dent served as president of the Center for Faith, Justice, and Reconciliation when it was an independent organization and joined the BJC staff upon the Center’s acquisition by BJC in 2023. She also was a member of the inaugural class of BJC Fellows in 2015 and served on the BJC Board of Directors from 2020-2023.
A leader in the interfaith community, her public scholarship addresses the complexities of religious freedom; religion and public policy; and race, religion and American public life. Dent is the editor and contributing author of the book African Americans and Religious Freedom: New Perspectives for Congregations and Communities, and her articles have appeared in Religion News Service, Christian Citizen, Freedom Forum and other outlets.
Dent serves as an adjunct professor at Starr King School for the Ministry in Oakland, California. She teaches a course on religious freedom, justice and democracy, and she has lectured at universities, seminaries and conferences across the country. Dent was named one of 21 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress in 2021 and co-hosts the Sister Act podcast, produced by the American Muslim Institution.
Dent previously served as director of programs and partnerships for the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute and as senior faith advisor for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Dent earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, and she earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, she lives Arlington, Virginia, with her son.
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