2014 National Gathering Speakers

ead-2014-speaker-topperThe 2014 National Gathering boasted a wide array of speakers with a range of national and international experience. Below is a summary listing of the speaking events and speakers. For more information about our speakers, and to view resources from their presentations select a venue from the list at the right.


Friday Opening Celebration: Jesus Weeps, Resisting Violence, Building Peace (Video available)


Welcome Remarks

rev-john-mccullough-sm Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO, Church World Service

Read more about Rev. McCullough.



sr-diana-ortiz-smSister Dianna M. Ortiz, OSU, Associate Director, Education for Justice Project, Center of Concern

Read more about Sister Ortiz.



Grace_DouglasDouglas M. GraceM.Div., S.T.M., Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice

Read more about Doug on EAD’s Leadership page.



National Gathering Moderator Introductions

marge-clark-2-smSr. Marge Clark, BVM, Ed.D., Lobbyist, NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Read more about Sr. Clark.


michael-neuroth-smRev. Michael Neuroth, Policy Advocate for International Issues, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries

Read more about Rev. Neuroth.



Keynote Preacher

john-dearRev. John Dear, Peace Activist, Author, Organizer, Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator for Pace E Bene

Read more about Rev. Dear.




Saturday Opening Policy Plenary: People of Hope: Justice and Peace Shall Embrace (Video available)

Keynote Speakers

Maryann_Cusimano_LoveDr. Maryann Cusimano Love,  Professor of International Relation, Politics Department, The Catholic University of America; Core Group Member, Department of State’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy, and expert on international security and peacebuilding. Read more about Dr. Love.

Printed resource from talk available.




j-herbert-nelson-smRev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Director of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Read more about Rev. Dr. Nelson.




 Saturday Lunch Plenary: Gun Violence and the American Politic (Video available)

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Keynote Panelists

jim-atwoodRev. Dr. James E. Atwood, PCUSA (Ret.)

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Movita-Johnson-HarrellMotiva Johnson, M.S.W., Executive Director, MECA, Inc.

Read more about Ms. Johnson.




Eugenio-WeigendEugenio Weigend, Ph.D. Cand., EGAP Tecnologico de Monterrey

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Bryan-Miller-smBryan Miller, Executive Director, Heeding God’s Call

Read more about Mr. Miller.




Sunday Interdenominational Worship (Video available)

Keynote Preacher

james-winkler_smJames E. Winkler, General Secretary and President of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

Read more about James.




Sunday Morning Plenary: Transforming Violence: Guide our Feet into the Path of Peace (Video available)


angelique-walker-smith-smRev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Executive Director, The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Read more about Rev. Dr. Walker-Smith.




Keynote Panelists

Holly-Maasarani-smHolly Maassarani, Prince George’s County Restorative Justice Program

Read more about Ms. Maassarani.




Alissa-Wilson-smAlissa Wilson, Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator for Africa at The American Friends Service Committee

Read more about Ms. Wilson.



herman-kumara-smHerman Kumara, Convener of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (Sri Lanka) and Chair of Praja Abhilasha, a network partnered within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Joining Hands Initiative

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father-michael-oleksaRev. Dr. Michael James Oleksa, Pastor and Professor

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Sunday Advocacy Plenary: Taking the Christian Message to the Hill (Video available)


Sunday Banquet: Preparing the Way of the Lord (Video available)


Contributing Sponsors & Partner Organizations