Confirmed Speakers:


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Pamela Ebstyne King

Pamela Ebstyne King is the Peter L. Benson Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Science in the Thrive Center for Human Development in the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and researches and teaches in the areas of human thriving and positive youth development, spiritual and moral development, and theological perspectives of development.  She is co-author of The Reciprocating Self: A Theological Perspective of Development and co-editor of the Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence.

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Willie James Jennings

Willie James Jennings is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School. He teaches in the areas of systematic theology, black church and cultural studies, and is an ordained Baptist minister. He is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, and the winner of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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Dewey Williams

Dewey Williams is Pastor of Mt. Bright Baptist Church of Hillsborough, North Carolina. Additionally, Dewey serves as the Executive Director of Mt. Level Community Haven providing outreach to Durham, NC families. He currently serves with two groups providing ministry in Central Prison in Raleigh, NC. One of these groups does intensive services with groups of men on Death Row. Dewey has presented sermons on joy to both the men at Central Prison and to the three women on death row at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. Dewey received his M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School. 


HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad

H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad is the Personal Envoy and Special Advisor to H.M. King Abdullah II and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.  A leader in interfaith relations, he chaired steering committees for the Anman Message and has spoken about interfaith issues at premier institutions.




Anthony Pinn

Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion at Rice University.  Pinn is the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning also at Rice University.  In addition, he is Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies – a Washington, DC-based think tank. Pinn’s research interests include humanism and hip hop culture.  He is the author/editor of over 35 books, including When Colorblindness Isn’t the Answer:  Humanism and the Challenge of Race (2017); Humanism:  Essays in Race, Religion, and Cultural Production (2015); Writing God’s Obituary:  How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist (2014); Dale McGowan and Anthony B. Pinn, editors.  Everyday Humanism, Equinox (2014);  African American Humanist Principles: Living and Thinking Like the Children of Nimrod (2004), and the novel, The New Disciples (2015).



anantanand Rambachan

Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Asian Studies at Saint Olaf College. Prof. Rambachan has been involved in the field of interreligious relations and dialogue for over twenty-five years, as a Hindu participant and analyst, contributing to numerous consultations and discussions convened by national and international organizations concerned with interreligious issues. He is very active in the dialogue programs of the World Council of Churches and a regular participant in the consultations of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican. Among his books are, Accomplishing the Accomplished, The Limits of ScriptureThe Advaita WorldviewGod, World and Humanity, The Hindu Vision, GitamrtamThe Essential Teachings of the Bhagavadgita and A Hindu Theology of Liberation.