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Rev. Jennifer Butler



Jennifer Butler is committed to amplifying the connection between faith and social justice, has the heart of a community organizer, and is an ordained minister. She is the founding Executive Director of Faith in Public Life, which works to change the narrative about the role of faith in politics, wins major policy victories, and empowers religious leaders to fight for the common good.

Jennifer was the chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships (2015-2016) and spent ten years working in the field of international human rights representing the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the United Nations. While mobilizing religious communities to address the AIDS pandemic and advocate for women’s rights she grew passionate about the need to counter religious extremism with a strong religious argument for human rights. Jennifer also served in the Peace Corps in a Mayan village in Belize, Central America.

Author of Who Stole My Bible?, Jennifer helps readers discover how the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is a liberating handbook for finding your voice for overcoming authoritarianism. She’s also the author of Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized, which calls for a religious response to global culture wars of the Religious Right. She has written about progressive faith on a Patheos Faith in Public Life column, Sojourners, The Hill, and Religion News Service.

A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Jennifer also studied public policy and community organizing and graduated with a MSW from Rutgers University. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary. She lives in suburban Washington, D.C. For more on Jennifer, visit RevJenButler.com or go to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Rev. Jennifer Butler in the News

Rev. Jennifer Butler in VICE

“When you look at the numbers of white Christians that have been sucked into this conspiracy theory, it’s really a sort of heresy,” Rev. Jennifer Butler, the CEO of Faith in Public Life, told VICE News.

Rev. Jennifer Butler in Religion News Service

“We call on the Biden administration to hold Border Patrol accountable for abuses, halt all deportations to Haiti, and end the use of Title 42,” Butler said in a statement.

Rev. Jennifer Butler on State of Belief

Rev. Jennifer Butler was a guest on State of Belief talking about harnessing the power of faith leaders in a campaign for public health. Faith in Public Life is working with leaders in Florida and Georgia to help reduce vaccine hesitancy.

Rev. Jennifer Butler in Inside Philanthropy

Faith in Public Life and Rev. Jennifer Butler were featured in Inside Philanthropy’s exploration of MacKenzie Scott’s generous gift.
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