Expressing God's Love, Engaging in God's Justice

McClendon Scholar-in-Residence Program

“Where Faith, Intellect and Justice Meet”

The McClendon Scholar Program brings scholars and thought leaders to Washington to share their learning, wisdom and insight about how the church can be more effective in its work for social justice. Established through the generosity of the late Rev. Dr. Jack E. McClendon, the program grows out of Dr. McClendon’s insight that justice, service and action can only be sustained when a community works to deepen its faith and grapples with the profound issues of the day.

Due to the pandemic, all McClendon Scholar Programs are online. 

Coming Programs 

  • Saturday, March 20, A Lenten Presention with Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, professor of Old Testament, Virginia Theological Seminary.
  • Wednesday, April 14, 7 pm,  “Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story,” film and discussion.

Recent Programs

Highlights of Earlier Programs
Since its founding in 2006, we have hosted some of the most preeminent scholars, theologians and authors in the country, including: Walter Brueggmann, James Cone, E.J. Dionne, Taylor Branch, Ellen Davis, Bryan Stevenson, Ron White, Kelly Brown Douglas, Sr. Simone Campbell, Sen. Chris Coons, Raphael Warnock, and Peter Wehner.  Below are excerpts from presentations by two of our well-known speakers, which provide a good example of the kind of excellent programs we have had through the years:

E.J. Dionne, Author and Columnist, Nov. 14, 2016 

You can see E.J. Dionne’s full presentation here.

Raphael Warnock, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, June 9, 2018

You can see Raphael Warnock’s entire presentation here.

A complete archive of recordings of McClendon Scholar programs can be found here.