Why are faith leaders supporting

"I have always felt that the texts that have informed my faith and life in Christ were never meant to be static, rather, were meant to expand and grow. So when Hal Taussig asked me to part of a Church Council who would determine the texts to be included in a new book, A New New Testament, I did not need much convincing."
—Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, 44, San Francisco

Bruce is with the Presbyterian Church USA and a blogger for The Huffington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle.

"A New New Testament pushes us to the boundaries and offers us a new opportunity for radical inclusivity for all the ways that God can express God's self." —Bishop Alfred Johnson, 63, New York

Alfred is with the Church of the Village, a progressive United Methodist Church in Greenwich Village.

"For the first time, modern readers can explore a range of voices and theological perspectives that have not been heard for centuries, set side-by-side with well-known biblical books." —Professor Karen King, 59, Cambridge

Karen is the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School.

Council Members

Margaret Aymer is Associate Professor of New Testament and Area Chair of Biblical Studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Her publications include First Pure, Then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass, Darkness and the Epistle of James (T&T Clark, 2008) and Confessing the Beatitudes, a Bible study of the Horizons magazine.

Rev. Geoffrey Black is the Chief Minister and President of United Church of Christ. Prior to his election as the head of his denomination, he served in many regional and national o+ces of the UCC. He has served for many years as a local pastor. Ecumenical commitment, concern for equal justice, and African American empowerment have been key elements of his ministry.

Margaret Brennan is an Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister from Monroe, Michigan. In her long ministry of over sixty years, she taught briefly in high school, obtained a doctorate in theology, held leadership positions in her community and in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and afterward taught pastoral theology at the Toronto School of Theology for twenty-five years.

Lisa Bridge holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, an M.S. from Bank Street College, and a B.A. from Purdue University. She ran one of New York's largest classical yoga schools for several years and has expertise in Yogic and Buddhist traditions. Lisa is the Program Manager for Children and Youth Ministries at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York. She also served on A New New Testaments New Jersey Sub-council.

John Dominic Crossan received a Doctorate of Divinity from Maynooth College, Ireland, in 1959 and did postdoctoral research at the Ponti!cal Biblical Institute, Rome, 1959 to 1961, and at the École Biblique, Jerusalem, 1965 to 1967. He joined DePaul University, Chicago, in 1969 and remained there until 1995. He is now a Professor Emeritus in its Department of Religious Studies. He also served on A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer was ordained a rabbi in 1982. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish-Christian Relations from Temple University and is Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is currently co-editing a volume of personal spiritual essays by Jewish women scholars, Chapters of the Heart. She also served on A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Susan Wolfe Hassinger was elected in 1996 as a bishop in the United Methodist Church. Now retired from that ministry, she is currently Bishop-in-Residence and Lecturer in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology and engages in spiritual direction with individuals and groups. She also served on A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Bishop Alfred Johnson was elected in 1996 as a bishop in the United Method- ist Church. Now retired from the active episcopate, he is currently Pastor of the Church of the Village, United Methodist, in New York City. He served as bishop of the annual conferences of New Jersey and directed the unification of those conferences.

Rev. Chebon Kernell has served as pastor of First American United Methodist Church of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference for the past seven years. Rev. Kernell is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and is currently the Executive Secretary of Native American/Indigenous Ministries of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He also served on A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Karen L. King is the Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard University's oldest en- dowed professorship (1721). She is the author of numerous books and articles on the diversity of ancient Christianity, women and gender studies, and religion and violence, including What Is Gnosticism?, The Secret Revelation of John, and The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle. She also served on A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Celene Lillie is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she also completed her M.Div. and M.Phil., and holds a B.A. in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She is a coauthor of The Thunder: Perfect Mind: A New Translation and Introduction. She is the Director of Translation for A New New Testament. She also served on A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Stephen D. Moore is Professor of New Testament at Drew Theological School. He has authored or edited twenty scholarly books and published more than seventy scholarly articles and essays. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Biblical Literature, and is a former executive editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. He also served on A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar is Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology and former Dean of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Prior to joining the faculty of the Lutheran Seminary, he served as an Executive Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue in the Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Professor of Theology and Ethics at the United Theological College, Bangalore.

Bruce Reyes-Chow is a Presbyterian minister, blogger, and social media consultant based in San Francisco, California. Bruce was the founding pastor of the young adult faith community Mission Bay Community Church; he was elected as the youngest-ever Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2008 and recently published the e-book The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church.

Mark Singleton gained his Ph.D in Divinity from the University of Cambridge. His research interests include contemporary South Asian religion, the intersection of religion and politics, and new religious movements, particularly those inspired by Asian practices. His books include Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. He teaches at St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Nancy Sylvester, IHM, is founder of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. She has served in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and as National Coordinator of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby.

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament, Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Professor of Early Christianity, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is a Co-Pastor at Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia. He is the author or coauthor of thirteen books and was a member of A New New Testament's New Jersey Sub-council.

Barbara Brown Taylor teaches religion at Piedmont College in rural northeast Georgia. She is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World, and co-editor of Feasting on the Word, a twelve-volume commentary series on the Revised Common Lectionary.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, since writing the unprecedented multicultural Freedom Seder in 1969, has been among the leaders of movements for Jewish renewal and Abrahamic cooperation. He directs the Shalom Center (http://www.theshalom- center.org). His interfaith work includes writing (including The Tent of Abraham), speaking at major interfaith and international conferences, and joining in public multireligious services and nonviolent demonstrations.

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