Amy Cooter, a sociology lecturer at Vanderbilt University, researches nationalism.
Trillia Newbell is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. She is the author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. Contact Elizabeth Bristow to arrange an interview.
The Rev. Sam McGlothlin is the associate pastor of Belle Meade United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of the United Methodist Church’s liturgy on the deaths of black men and women in police custody.
Jason Powell is a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. When the state worked on legislation legalizing sports betting, he proposed an amendment to ban it on Sundays for religious reasons.
Bener Agtarap is the executive director of community engagement and church planting for the United Methodist Church.
Scott McConnell is the executive director of LifeWay Research, which conducts surveys on issues affecting American religious life and Protestant pastors. Arrange an interview through Aaron Earls.
Rebekka King is an assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University, where she teaches courses on global Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Her research focuses on the secular and religious elements of progressive Christianity. She is co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Sociology of Religion program unit.
Rachel Heath is a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University, where she researches multiple religious belonging.
The Rev. Joey Spann is the minister of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn. He was shot twice during a Sept. 24, 2017, attack on his church.