Meet the Presenters

Keynote Presenters

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller is a best-selling novelist and award-winning filmmaker. He is the recipient of the 2013 Raven Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment and directed Hellbound? and J.E.S.U.S.A.

His independently published debut novel, Up the Creek, has topped Amazon.com’s Canadian literature best-seller list for over 12 weeks. Over the past 25 years, he has applied his craft to a wide range of projects, including feature films, documentaries, novels, non-fiction books, and comic books. He has also taught creative writing across Canada and the US as well as in the UK and Australia. Kevin has been featured on CBC Radio, CNN, and numerous other radio and TV outlets, and his work has his been written about and reviewed in dozens of publications, including the New York TimesVariety, the Globe and Mail, and the Vancouver Sun. When Kevin isn’t snorkeling with sharks in the Galapagos or interviewing war criminals in a fly-infested market in Sierra Leone, to name a few of the adventures his career has taken him on, he lives in British Columbia, Canada with his wife and four children.

Julia Robinson Moore

Julia Robinson Moore is an ordained Presbyterian minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte. She teaches courses in African American religion, religions of the African Diaspora, and racial violence in America. She is the author of “Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Reverend Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit”.

David Dark

David Dark is a Christian author, who teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women, Charles Bass Correctional Facility, and Belmont University where he is assistant professor in the College of Theology.

His book titles, which give you a sense of his irreverence and wit and also his faith, include The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, Life’s too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious, and his most recent title, The Possibility of America: How the Gospel Can Mend our God-Blessed, God-Forsaken Land. 

Featured Musical Performer

Audrey Assad

Audrey is a singer-songwriter in the Christian music genre who defies convention by openly bearing witness to her difficult journey out of fundamentalism.

Audrey’s spiritual life is like so many of ours, no stranger to doubt and confusion. Her most recent album is called Evergreen, which she says is about a God that gives you permission to be in chaos, who doesn’t demand that you feel certain of who or where God is in order to be accepted. Audrey is also the recipient of the 2019 Raven Award.

Workshop Leaders

Father James Alison

James is a Catholic priest, theologian and author. He earned his doctorate from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. James has lived in many countries and works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and leader of retreats. He is known for being one of the principal theological interpreters of the work of René Girard. In addition, and thanks to Girard’s thought, James has firmly but gently faced down Catholic Church authority on matters gay and lived to tell the tale. His writing can be accessed at www.jamesalison.co.uk When not on the road he lives in Madrid.

Rebecca Adams

Rebecca Adams is an Independent Scholar and Editor. She is a long-time member of the Colloquiuum on Violence and Religion and studied with René Girard while a graduate student in the field of English. Her interests span across literary and popular culture analysis, theology, feminism, and philosophy. She lives with her husband, philosopher Robin Collins, in Grantham, PA.

Pastor Adam Ericksen

Adam Ericksen is a writer at the Raven Foundation and Pastor at the Clackamas United Church of Christ in Milwaukie, Oregon. He believes that we need to be bold in our proclamation of Nonviolent Christianity that seeks to foster a more just and loving world.