After opening the Week Three Interfaith Lecture Series theme of “The Spirituality of Human Rights,” the Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, president of Sojourners and author of A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community, will deliver a presentation for the African American Heritage House’s Chautauqua Speaker Series at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in the Hall of Philosophy.
Taylor’s talk Monday — a recap of which can be found on page 6 of this edition of The Chautauquan Daily — was titled “Dignity for All: Faith, Spirituality and Human Rights.” In it, he argued that faith traditions must work toward progressing human rights.
Sojourners, a social justice organization celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, publishes a monthly magazine and daily articles online. The print magazine has a readership of over 67,000, and its digital platform reaches 6 million. Broadly, Sojourners works to discover the intersection of faith, politics and culture, across Christian traditions.
Prior to joining Sojourners, Taylor previously led the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group and served as the vice president in charge of Advocacy at World Vision U.S. He has also served as the executive director of Global Justice, an organization that educates and mobilizes students around global human rights and economic justice. He was selected for the 2009/2010 class of White House Fellows and served in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement. Taylor is a graduate of Emory University, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Taylor also serves on the Independent Sector Board, the Global Advisory Board of Tearfund UK, and is a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellowship.
Ordained in the American Baptist Church and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Taylor serves in ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.