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Rev. Jennifer Butler



Jennifer is the founding Executive Director of Faith in Public Life, author of Who Stole My Bible?, and the former chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. Before leading FPL Jennifer spent ten years working in the field of international human rights representing the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the United Nations and is an ordained minister. 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. Out of that experience she wrote Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized, which was published by University of Michigan Press. Her book calls for a progressive religious response to Religious Right efforts to take the culture wars global.

Jennifer served in the Peace Corps from 1989 to 1991 in a Mayan village in Belize, Central America where she discovered she was at heart a community organizer. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, she 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.

Jennifer and her husband Glenn together run Iona Conversations, a Christian spiritual community in downtown Washington DC. When not dreaming up ways to amplify a social justice faith voice, Jennifer loves camping, hiking and biking with her husband and son.​

Rev. Jennifer Butler in the News

Rev. Jennifer Butler in Sojourners

My guiding principle when it comes to speaking out around elections is Matthew 10:16: “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” As Christians, we are called to involve ourselves in the political process while guarding ourselves from the dangers of moral compromise.

Rev. Jennifer Butler Op-Ed in RNS

“In every election year, pastors wrestle with how to address hot-button issues and political divisions within our congregations. This year, we have a more urgent duty: preventing violence targeting people regarded as political adversaries. ”

Rev. Jennifer Butler on NBC News

“For our women, including pro-life and pro-choice religious women, they are concerned about the Affordable Care Act,” said Jennifer Butler, the executive director of Faith in Public Life, which advocates for a coalition of progressive religious voters.

Rev. Jennifer Butler on BBC Newshour

Listen to Rev. Jennifer Butler on BBC Newshour on September 25th about President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.
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