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Future Speakers


Bryan Stevenson

September 24, 2016, 7pm
(this will be a ticketed event – details TBD)

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. Stevenson is the bestselling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.


Amy-Jill Levine

October 21-23, 2016: Weekend retreat in collaboration with Temple Shalom
(this is a scheduled/ticketed event – please check back to register)

Amy-Jill Levineis a Professor of New TestamentStudies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion and the author of several books including, Short Stories by Jesus, The Misunderstood Jew and The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

A self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” Levine “combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating antisemitic, sexist, and homophobictheologies.”She is a member of an Orthodox Jewishsynagogue.


Fr. James Martin, SJ

Talk: Thursday, November 10th 7pm in the Main Sanctuary of Christ Church Greenwich
Reception and book signing to follow in the Christ Church Bookstore

Fr. JAMES MARTIN, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s Fresh Air, FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, and PBS’s NewsHour to Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years.

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Reba Riley

Saturday, January 14th at 7pm in the chapel of Christ Church Greenwich.
Reception and book signing to follow in the Christ Church Bookstore

REBA RILEY is the author Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing, a book Elizabeth Gilbert calls, “Eat Pray Love’s gutsy, wise, funny little sister”. A former Fortune 500 sales and marketing manager, Reba now blogs for and travels widely speaking about transformation, courage, health and healing. Reba is a survivor of a decade of chronic illness, an advocate for the undiagnosed patient, and a champion for the power of spiritual healing.


Brian D. McLaren

Talk: Saturday, February 4th at 7pm in the Main Sanctuary of Christ Church Greenwich Reception and book signing to follow in the Christ Church Bookstore

Sermon: Sunday, February 5th at the 9:15 service at Christ Church Greenwich “10:10” talk to follow in the Christ Church Parish Hall

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. His groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. He was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America in 2005. McLaren was also the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, MD, which he left in 2006 to pursue writing and speaking full-time.


Rachel Held Evans

Saturday, March 25, 2016: Talk and Q&A at 7pm. Book signing and reception in the Christ Church Bookstore to follow.
Sunday, March 26, 2016: Rachel Held Evans will be preaching at the 9:15 service and speaking at the “Exploration Series” in the Parish Hall following the service. All are welcome.

Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). With millions of visits each year, her blog has become a renowned online hub for conversations about Christianity and culture. Rachel has been featured on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and She also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


Mike McHargue

Talk: Saturday, May 13th, 7pm in the main sanctuary of Christ Church Greenwich. 

Reception and book signing to follow in the Christ Church Bookstore

Sermon: Sunday, May 14th at the 9:15 service at Christ Church Greenwich

“10:10 Exploration Series” talk to follow in the Christ Church Parish Hall

MIKE McHARGUE (better known as Science Mike) is an author, podcaster, and speaker focused on the science behind spiritual experiences. Cofounder of The Liturgists and host of a weekly question-and-answer podcast called Ask Science MikeHis first book Finding God in the Waves was published in September 2016.


Sara Miles

September 30, 2017

Talk: SaturdaySeptember 30, 7pm in the main sanctuary of Christ Church Greenwich Reception and book signing to follow in the Christ Church Bookstore

Sermon: SundayOctober 1 at the 9:15 service at Christ Church Greenwich
10:10 Exploration Series” talk to follow in the Christ Church Parish Hall

Sara Miles is the founder and director of The Food Pantry, and serves as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Her books include Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead and Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion. She speaks, preaches and leads workshops around the country, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and on National Public Radio.


Nadia Bolz-Weber

Saturday October 28, 2017: Talk and Q&A at 7pm. Book signing and reception in the Christ Church Bookstore to follow.

NADIA BOLZ-WEBER is the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (2013) and Accidental Saints, Finding God in All the Wrong People (2015). She is an ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA) and the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. Nadia travels domestically and internationally as a speaker and has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, On Being with Krista Tippett, CNN, and in the Washington Post, Bitch magazine, The Daily Beast, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Atlantic and More magazine. International media coverage includes BBC World Service and The Guardian and features in magazines in Germany, Poland, and Switzerland. Nadia lives in Denver with her family and her Great Dane, Zacchaeus.