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Rescuing Jesus for the ‘Religious Left’: Author/journalist Deborah Jian Lee “In Conversation” with the Rev. Amity Carrubba, rector of Grace Episcopal Church/Grace Place

June 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:15 am

In today’s fractured political and religious climate, what role could — and should — progressive communities of faith play in addressing America’s most important challenges, from immigration and economic inequality to race and LGBTQ+ issues, and beyond? Chicago author and journalist Deborah Jian Lee, author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelism, sits “in conversation” with the Rev. Amity Carrubba during Grace Church’s 10 a.m. service. Afterward, join Deborah downstairs inside Grace Place, where she’ll sign books and chat with Lit Fest attendees about her book, podcast Kaleidoscope (about “identify, faith and social engagement in dangerous times”), and much more.


Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist and author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. She has worked as a staff reporter for the Associated Press, taught journalism at Columbia University, and written for Foreign Policy, Slate, The Atlantic, Playboy, Religion Dispatches, WBEZ, WNYC and many others.

The Rev. Amity Carrubba is the rector at Grace Episcopal Church. A scientist who did pharmaceutical research before studying theology and doing mission work in Kenya and diverse American communities, she’s passionate about social justice and community engagement. Previously, she served three other churches and directed the Episcopal Service Corps.


June 9, 2019
10:00 am - 11:15 am
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Grace Place (2nd Floor)
637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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