John Inazu is a professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches political science. He specializes in legal issues related to the First Amendment’s free speech, assembly and religious freedom protections.
The Rev. Traci Blackmon serves as associate general minister of justice and local church ministries for the United Church of Christ and senior pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. She has criticized many of President Donald Trump’s policies and joined dozens of other faith leaders to call for prayers […]
Sister Valerie Heinonen is a Catholic nun who works as director of shareholder advocacy at Mercy Investment Services. She aims to use strategic investing to force change in the gun industry.
S. Joshua Swamidass is an associate professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University in St. Louis. He served as science adviser to Concordia Seminary from 2015 to 2017.
Joel P. Okamoto is an associate professor of systematic theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He studies contemporary theology, Lutheranism and issues at the intersection of science and faith.
Dean Blevins is a professor of practical theology and Christian discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. His research interests include neuroscience and technology.
Barry Young is the vice president of operations for Strategos International, which provides safety training for businesses, schools, hospitals and churches. He previously served as director of security at two churches in Kansas City.
Leonard Zeskind is president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream, in which he explores white nationalism’s relationship to religion. He lives in Kansas City, Mo.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Mo., is new to the sanctuary movement. Its pastor, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, called the decision to join “a process of discernment.”