This week on The Bulletin, producer and moderator Clarissa Moll welcomes Ashley Hales and Ekemeni Uwan for a conversation about President Biden’s new asylum order, our fascination with intentional community, and the criminalization of clergy sexual misconduct. Special guests Bri Stensrud, John Shelton, and Boz Tchividjian join the discussion for an episode that will inform and encourage you toward kingdom thought and action.

Today’s Guests:

With her husband, Ashley Hales is cofounder of The Willowbrae Institute, a new think tank researching the intersection of Christianity and the common good in America. Ashley hosts The Cartographers podcast and is author of Finding Holy in the Suburbs, A Spacious Life, and a forthcoming Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount, A Fruitful Life. She produces The Russell Moore Show for CT Media.

Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian, international human rights activist, and coauthor of Truth’s Table: Black Women’s Musings on Life, Love, and Liberation. She cohosts the award-winning podcast Truth's Table and Get in the Word with Truth’s Table. Uwan is a 2024 fellow at The Aspen Institute, where she serves as the special advisor for the Racial Justice and Religion Collective. Her writings have been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post’s Black Voices, and Hallmark Mahogany. As one who is passionate about theology, Ekemini has a fierce commitment to the gospel and its implications for issues pertaining to reparations, racial injustice, anti-Black racism, and white supremacy.

John Shelton is policy director for Advancing American Freedom. He received degrees from Duke Divinity School and the University of Virginia.

Bri Stensrud is an author, human dignity advocate, and director of Women of Welcome. Her passion is to equip the church to engage more consistently and tangibly in holistic human dignity issues. Bri holds a master’s of biblical and theological studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and has authored two books: Start with Welcome: The Journey toward a Confident and Compassionate Immigration Conversation and a children’s book, The Biggest Best Light: Shining God’s Light into the World Around You.

Boz Tchividjian is an experienced litigator who has dedicated his career to empowering survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment to step forward and seek justice against perpetrators and the institutions legally responsible for their trauma. Prior to becoming a civil litigator, Boz served as an assistant state attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he created the first sex crimes division at the office of the state attorney and served as division chief. Boz is also the founder and former executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that equips faith-based organizations with the tools they need to correctly respond to allegations of sexual abuse and educates them on how to create safeguards to protect children and other vulnerable people within their communities. Boz is coauthor of The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide, a handbook for faith-based nonprofit organizations looking to improve their child safeguarding policies.

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