2017 Opening Celebration: “Where Are We Now? Chaos or Community?”

Keynote Speaker

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

Tamika MalloryTamika is nationally recognized as a fiery and outspoken champion for social justice who has worked closely with the Obama Administration as an advocate for civil rights issues, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence, and police misconduct. Tamika has been publicly applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett and was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio. She served as a national organizer for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, which drew 300,000, as well as Justice or Else!, where she delivered a national address to over 700,000. A leading figure in the grassroots, community-based effort to stop gun violence in New York City, Tamika was instrumental in creating the NYC Crisis Management System, an official gun violence prevention program that awards nearly $20 million annually to innovative violence intervention organizations. After serving as National Action Network’s youngest Executive Director, Tamika founded Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning firm in New York City.


Welcome Remarks

Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches

James E. Winkler is the General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.

Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches, a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for Health Care Now, a board member of several organizations including The Faith & Politics Institute, Churches for the Middle East Peace, and Africa Action.

Winkler has served as general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), the international public policy and social justice agency of The United Methodist Church, since November 2000.

As the chief executive of the General Board, Jim has led a staff of 22 who seek the implementation of the Church’s Social Principles through education, witness, and advocacy. The board carries out a wide-ranging ministry of peace and justice throughout the world with offices in Washington and New York.

He has led delegations to the Middle East, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Germany seeking peaceful solutions to global conflict and has traveled throughout the world to support the justice work of the United Methodist Church in Africa, Asia and Europe. Winkler has preached and led workshops and training events in Russia, Nigeria, and the Philippines, and has been a frequent spokesperson for the justice work of The United Methodist Church to the national and international media.

Douglas Grace, Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Douglas G. Grace

Douglas Grace is the Coordinator of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice. He brings nearly twenty years of experience in ecumenical and interfaith religious leadership with a focus in faith-based public witness. He has given talks and written numerous theology and public policy articles on caring for creation and human needs issues, including the Stewardship of Public Life series and Church & Society magazine.

Douglas served as a presidential election observer in El Salvador, at the invitation of the Salvadoran Council of Churches, following the country’s devastating civil war, and he has participated and lead eco-justice delegations in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, Mexico, the Mississippi Delta and in West Virginia coal country. Douglas was a presenter at the faith and science Climate Forum 2002 at Oxford University, and appeared as a religious commentator for the 2003 CBS Religious Unit production entitled, “A World to Share,” In 2004, he served as Co-Director, with the Rev. Dr. James Reese, of the national Presbyterian Peace and Justice Conference entitled, “Hope for A Global Future,” and he was a keynote dinner speaker at the 2009 Ecumenical Advocacy Days: “Enough for All” on climate change, immigration and migration in Washington, DC. He currently serves as an organizational consultant to the Presbyterian Network to End Homelessness.

Douglas received The Barbara West Scholarship to study at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and he was awarded the Master of Divinity (2008) with a specialization in Biblical Studies, and the Master of Sacred Theology in Systematic Theology (2009). While studying at Union, Douglas served as a consultant to the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches

Douglas has served as Interim Director of Outreach Ministry at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in New York City and as the director of the Washington Office of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and its Interfaith Climate & Energy Campaign. He has also served as domestic policy analyst and representative for the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Capital Hill, and as an environmental associate at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, also in Washington, D.C.

Douglas is a member of Rutgers Presbyterian Church (NYC) and a candidate for ordination to the Word and Sacrament in the Presbytery of New York City.