According to new research from the Public Religion Research Institute, there are over 35 million consistently progressive Christians in the United States. Majorities of American Christians support reproductive justice and LGBTQ+ rights. Yet they're erased from our public narrative--only mentioned as outliers to the fundamentalist norm.
In Just Faith, progressive Christian activist and writer Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons explains how a strong religious left has accompanied every major progressive advance in our society, and he resurrects the long but forgotten history of progressive Christianity in the United States that can and must link arms with progressive Muslims and Jews to make the moral case for pluralism, human dignity, and the common good. Graves-Fitzsimmons provides a blueprint for this type of resurrection based on his advocacy work at the intersection of religion and American politics. Graves-Fitzsimmons creates a rallying cry for a bold progressive Christianity that unapologetically fights for its values to impact the biggest political battles of our time--from immigration and economic fairness to LGBTQ+ rights and abortion rights--so that progressive Christians will stop lowering their voices when they identify as Christians. "What kind of Christian are you?" they'll be asked. And they'll even be understood when they reply with a smile, "The good kind."
Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons-Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is "on a mission to reclaim religion from political conservatives," according to Teen Vogue. A progressive Christian writer and activist, for almost a decade he has worked in faith-based public policy advocacy. He currently is a fellow in the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative with the Center for American Progress. And in addition to founding The Resistance Prays, Graves-Fitzsimmons is a frequent commentator on religion and politics for a variety of national news outlets. He holds a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary, where he was the William Sloane Coffin Scholar in Christian Social Ethics. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his husband, Rev. John Russell Stanger.