In turbulent times, many people turn to their faith leaders for guidance in navigating the pain they are feeling and seeking pathways to a more just future. At this moment, with protests happening here in Baltimore and across the country, join SNF Agora Institute for a conversation with local faith leaders about how they can help their communities to respond, heal, and move forward toward real change.
- The Rev. Dr. Frances Murphy Draper, a.k.a. Pastor Toni, is the visionary and founding pastor of the Freedom Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (formerly known as John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church) in the Lakeland area of Baltimore, Maryland. A native of Baltimore, Dr. Draper is also a national certified counselor, and currently serves as CEO and Publisher of the AFRO-American Newspapers, a publication founded by her great grandfather in 1892.
- Bishop Douglas Miles is pastor of the Koinonia Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore, which he founded with his wife, Rosanna, in 1992. One of the foremost community and civil rights leaders in Baltimore City, he is also co-chairman of the advocacy group Baltimoreans United in Leadership (BUILD).
- The Rev. David J. Ware has been rector at the Church of the Redeemer, one of the largest churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, in North Homeland since 2015. He came to Baltimore from St. John’s in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, where he was rector, and prior to that, associate rector of Trinity in Wilmington, Delaware, and chaplain and upper school head at St. Alban’s Episcopal School in Washington.