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A year ago, the SNF Agora Institute met in Cincinnati to explore what diverse people of faith, civic leaders, and community organizations could learn from each other about the relationship of faith, race, and politics as we headed into the 2020 election season.

In the year since, faith and race have been at the forefront of some of the most defining political moments of 2020, from the sweeping protests against racial violence, to the appointment of devout Catholic Amy Coney Barret to the Supreme Court, to the election to the U.S. Senate of Georgia’s first Black senator, Rev. Raphael Warnock. The tensions around faith, race, and politics exploded at the outset of 2021 with insurrection at the United States Capitol, cloaked in the language of white Christian nationalism. Since the insurrection, prominent evangelical leaders have been calling for a moment of reckoning within the evangelical community. What are the prospects for change, however? Given the deeply rooted forces of disinformation, conspiratorial thinking, and historical legacies of racism, what is to be done?

This event will convene prominent evangelical leaders, including those working to build racial justice within the church, for a follow-up discussion focusing specifically on what evangelicals are doing and can do to confront this divisive moment.


• Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Professor of History and Gender Studies, Calvin University
• Chuck Mingo, Founder, UNDIVIDED, Teaching Pastor, Crossroads Church
• Ed Stetzer, Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, Wheaton College, Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center

• Hahrie Han, Inaugural Director, SNF Agora Institute & Professor, Department of Political Science, KSAS

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