Shirley Hoogstra is the president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. She has argued that expanding nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community without expanding religious freedom protections would threaten the future of religious schools.
Jihad Turk is the president of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School and a regular commentator on issues affecting the Muslim community in the United States. He previously served as director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Southern California, the largest mosque in Los Angeles.
The Rev. Bethany McKinney Fox is a disability rights activist who leads a church start-up, Beloved Everybody Church, that’s ability inclusive. She co-hosts “Start in LA,” a podcast about what it’s like to launch new faith communities in Los Angeles.
Kevin Bolling is the executive director of the Secular Student Alliance, which helps nonreligious students form clubs and express their secular identities on campuses across the country.
Simran Jeet Singh is a Sikh, millennial writer, educator and activist. He is a senior fellow with the Sikh Coalition, a columnist for Religion News Service and an adjunct professor for Union Theological Seminary.
Ellie Thompson serves as Reflection Center coordinator for Utah Valley University, overseeing interfaith engagement on campus. She also serves as young adult representative to the board of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable.
Kaya Oakes is the author of The Nones Are Alright and Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church and regularly publishes articles and essays on religious life. She is also a writing instructor at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Rev. Jim Burklo is associate dean of the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, where he works to get young people involved in religious life.
The Rev. Sharon Risher is a spokesperson for Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Gun Sense in America. Her mother, Ethel Lee Lance, died in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston in June 2015. Use the contact form on Risher’s website to arrange an interview.