Ryan Burge

Ryan Burge studies the intersection of religious beliefs and political behavior and is an expert on survey methodology. He teaches political science at Eastern Illinois University.

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Chris Ritter

The Rev. Chris Ritter is the directing pastor of Geneseo First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, Ill. He served as a clergy delegate to General Conference in 2016 and the special session on sexuality.

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Michael Bayer

Michael Bayer is the director of evangelization and adult formation at St. Clement Parish in Chicago. He often tweets about the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, sharing his perspective as a lay leader.

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Matthew Soerens

Matthew Soerens is the U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief and national coordinator for Evangelical Immigration Table. He is the the co-author of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis and Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate.

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Thomas More Society

The Thomas More Society is a Chicago-based not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family and religious liberty. Special counsel Peter Breen testified before the Indiana House of Representatives in 2015 on behalf of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. For interview requests, contact Tom Ciesielka.

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Neal Denton

Neal Denton is the chief government affairs officer for the YMCA. He previously served as the senior vice president for government relations and strategic partnerships for the American National Red Cross.

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Lea F. Schweitz

Lea F. Schweitz is an associate professor of systematic theology and religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She also directs the Zygon Center for Religion and Science.

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Anna Case-Winters

Anna Case-Winters is a theology professor at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she’s taught on the relationship between religion and science. She’s also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

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