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Middle Project Advisory Board

Macky Alston
Macky Alston serves as Director of Auburn Media at Auburn Theological Seminary, dedicated to informed, engaging coverage of religion in the media. Alston is an award-winning producer and documentary filmmaker (Hard Road Home – PBS ’08, The Killer Within – Discovery Films ’06, Questioning Faith – HBO/Cinemax ‘02, Family Name – PBS ‘98), an educator on issues of media and religion, an organizer within the worlds of philanthropy and media-making, and a regular writer and reviewer on film and religion. His awards include the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award, the Gotham Open Palm Award and three of his four films have been nominated for Emmy Awards. Alston has appeared in press around the world, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and The New York Times.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase is the Founding Director of Intersections, a new permanent global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York.  Intersections is an interfaith venture that brings people together in innovative ways who have divergent perspectives and life experiences in order to forge common ground and build outcomes-based strategies that address justice, reconciliation and peace in the world. In its short history, Intersections has received international acclaim in its efforts to bring people together across lines of faith, culture and national borders.  From 1999-2007, Chase served as Director of Communication for the 1.2 million-member United Church of Christ. He is an award-winning video producer with more than 100 productions to his credit.  He was responsible for the UCC’s web-based ministry and served as publisher of United Church News, the church’s national newspaper, which upon his departure had a circulation of more than 200,000.  From 1982-1997, Chase was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media.   Chase is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has served in local congregations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, earned a Master of Divinity Magna cum Laude from New Brunswick (N.J.) Theological Seminary, and a B.A. with honors in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Christina Fleming
Christina has produced programs for public television, public radio, and documentary film. The project she is most proud of is a public radio documentary she produced, Kenya:  Taking It Personally, on Wangari Maathai, a few years before Maathai was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.  Fleming is a member of Middle Collegiate Church.

Dean Hubbard
K. Dean Hubbard, Jr., is Associate General Counsel and supervising staff attorney for the Transport Workers Union in New York City.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at CUNY’s Murphy Labor Institute, the co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee (NLG), the Vice President of the World Organization for the Right of the People to Health Care (WORPHC), and a founding member of the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir.  From 2002-2008, he held the Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy and Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College, where he founded the Institute for Policy Alternatives (IPA). His advocacy, activism and scholarship focus on trying to make human rights a reality for every day people. As Director of the IPA, he established the Day Labor Organizing Project, which worked in coalition with labor, faith and community organizations to support immigrant workers in their struggles for human rights and dignity.  He has led research and advocacy delegations to the maquilas and colonias in the US/Mexico border area, as well as to Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Paris and Geneva. One of his proudest accomplishments is drafting and helping secure passage (over then Mayor Giuliani’s veto) of a law protecting the basic human rights of workers in New York City’s welfare-to-work program.

Erica Hunt
Hunt’s professional involvement in philanthropy includes past and present committee service and board leadership of the National Network of Grantmakers, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers and the Southern Funders Group. She is a member of the Board of the National Center for Black Philanthropy, a past fellow in the Duke University/University of Capetown Center for Leadership and Public Values, and is the author of numerous articles on black philanthropy and was the 2008 recipient of Spelman College’s award for National Community Service.

Dale Irvin
Dale T. Irvin is President and Professor of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including History of the World Christian Movement with Scott W. Sunquist, and is a frequent writer on topics ranging from the ecumenical movement to global Pentecostalism. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, Irvin is a member of The Riverside Church in New York City.

Robert Jones
Robert Jones is the founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute. His most recent book is Progressive & Religious: How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming American Public Life.  Jones is a leading speaker and scholar on religion and politics, and his work is frequently featured in the media, appearing in Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the Nation, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, MSNBC.com, National Public Radio, Tikkun, the Christian Century, Sojourners, and others. Jones holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, and a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He sits on the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and is an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

Robert Jones holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, and a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He sits on the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and is an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

Mark Lewis Taylor
Mark Lewis Taylor is Princeton Seminary’s Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture. Since 1987, he has studied regularly in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico, where he analyzes the cultural and political dynamics of the churches as they move closer to a contextualized Mayan theology that also facilitates resistance to military repression. He is coordinator for Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal. He is the author of Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural Political Theology for North American Praxis; The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America; and Religion, Politics, and the Christian Right: Post 9/11 Politics and American Empire. Taylor is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

Peter Teague
Peter Teague is Program Director for Environment/Contemplative Practice at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. He served as senior environmental policy advisor to Congressman Leon Panetta, Senator Diane Feinstein, and Senator Barbara Boxer. Teague also worked as Senior Program Officer at the Tides Foundation, where his portfolio included the environment; economic, social and environmental justice; community organizing; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights; harm reduction; AIDS; and democratic renewal. Before joining the NCF staff, Teague, a former business litigator and Peace Corps volunteer, led the Horizons Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT community foundation.  Teague is a member of Middle Collegiate Church.

Adriene Thorne
Adriene Thorne is Associate Minister for Congregational Life at Middle Collegiate Church.   Prior to ministry, Adriene pursued a nearly 20-year career in the performing arts, danced professionally with the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Workshop Ensemble, was a musical theatre performer and worked with five-time Tony award winner Susan Stroman on Crazy for You.  Thorne joined the long line of Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in 2000 and assisted in implementing their summer training program at the Harlem School of the Arts.  Thorne graduated from the State University of New York Empire State College with a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a Creative Writing focus. She completed her Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in art and psychology at The Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. At her graduation in 2008, she was awarded the schools highest honor. The Koinonia Award is given to distinguished graduates who have strengthened the school through outstanding contributions of spirit, insight, and intellect and those who have earned the respect and recognition of their peers and the faculty.  Thorne is currently working on publishing her short stories and a book of prayers.