2017 National Gathering Speakers


The EAD 2017 National Gathering featured an array of speakers and preachers with a range of national and international experience discussing the theological, ethical, policy, and advocacy dimensions of issues related to racism, materialism and militarism.

All videos and resources from plenary sessions are now posted. Click the links below to visit the pages of the various plenary sessions.

Friday, April 21

Opening Celebration: “Where Are We Now? Chaos or Community?”

Speaker & Remarks

Keynote Speaker:

Tamika D. Mallory
National Co-Chair, Women’s March on Washington;
Former Executive Director, National Action Network

Tamika Mallory
Welcome Remarks:

Jim Winkler
President & GS, National Council of Churches

Welcome Remarks:

Douglas G. Grace
Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Welcome Remarks:

Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune
Director, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative
EAD 2017 Co-Moderator

Leslie Copland-Tune
Welcome Remarks:

Emma Tacke,
Grassroots Mobilization Associate
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
EAD 2017 Co-Moderator

Emma Tacke

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Saturday, April 22

Saturday Morning Policy Plenary: “Intersection between Racism, Materialism and Militarism”

Ellen Nissenbaum
Senior Vice President for Government Affairs,
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Ellen Nissenbaum
Eric Mitchell
Director of Government Relations,
Bread for the World
Eric Mitchell

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Saturday Lunch Plenary: “Overcoming America’s Possessive Investment in Whiteness”

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

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Sunday, April 23

Sunday Interdenominational Worship

Keynote Preacher:
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk, General Assembly
of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 
J Herbert Nelson

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 Sunday Morning Plenary: “Global Impact of U.S. Militarization”

Keynote Panelists:
Amal Nassar

West Bank Farmer & Peace Advocate
Amal Nassar
Ezekiel Gebissa
Professor of History & African Studies, Kettering University
Ezekiel Gebissa
Fr. Pat Cunningham, SSC
Missionary Society of St. Columban
Fr. Pat Cunningham
Raed Jarrar

Policy Impact Coordinator,
American Friends Service Committee

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 Closing Plenary: “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Bishop Dwayne Royster
Political Director, PICO

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