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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 named one of Center for American Progress’ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2022. She served as 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 Associated Press

“We see that convergence as highly symbolic, maybe even divinely ordained as our people need to reaffirm our shared values of love, freedom and justice in order to disrupt white Christian Nationalists’ attempts to decide what ideas, identities and practices are valued and respected,” said the Rev. Jennifer Butler, founder and chief executive of the Washington-based multifaith group Faith in Public Life.

Rev Jennifer Butler on the Nomiki Show

Rev. Jennifer Butler appeared on the Nomiki Show to talk about the threat of white Christian nationalism to our democracy. Check out this brief clip below, or watch the full conversation here.

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.
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