Keynote Panel

How is the Hate Supported in Church and Society? How is the Hate Countered?

Dr. J. Terry Todd, Rosario Quinones, Fred Brewington; Moderated by Rev. Dr. Traci West

Dr. J. Terry Todd

Dr. J. Terry Todd, associate professor of American Religious Studies at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Professor Todd's research and teaching focus on how religious ideas, practices, and institutions in the United States develop within 20th-century urban contexts, and how forms of popular media shape the way we think about ourselves in relation to religion, spirituality, Christianity, and the American nation. He received his PhD from Columbia University, his MDiv from Harvard University and his BA from Boston University.

Rosario Quinones

Rosario Quinones, a member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the UMC. She is a lawyer and a CPA licensed in Puerto Rico, with experience in accounting, tax, and audit of non-profits. Quinones received her MDiv from Perkins School of Theology and is currently a PhD candidate in Biblical Studies at Drew University.  She and her partner Alma Matos have initiated church plants in Puerto Rico and the U.S. and been involved in LGBY inclusion work within Metodisas Asociadas/os Representando la Causa de los Hispano-Americanos (MARCHA). Rosario serves as the Reconciling Ministries Network board treasurer.

Fred Brewington

Fred Brewington, attorney in Hempstead, NY, with a major focus on civil rights law. He has worked on issues of affordable housing, community revitalization, employment, civil rights, social services, municipal liability, the environment and voting rights through litigation, writing, lecturing and personal appearances. Brewington also serves as a pro-bono advisor to many community groups and on the boards of numerous non-profit and civic organizations, including the Nassau County Mental Health Association, the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, the UMC General Board of Church and Society and Long Island Housing Services. He serves as a parliamentarian for the New York Annual Conference and is both a certified lay speaker and an instructor for local lay speakers. An adjunct professor of law at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Brewington is also the football coach for the Malverne School District. His BA is from SUNY Albany and he earned his JD at Northeastern University School of Law.

Rev. Dr. Traci West

Traci West, professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ. Her most recent book is Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter (2006). She is a life-long member of the UMC – baptized as an infant at First UMC Stamford, CT, an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference for over twenty years, served as a delegate to General Conference in 2000, serves as a current member of the denomination's University Senate, and is a founding member of United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church. Professor West received her PhD from Union Theological Seminary, her MDiv from Pacific School of Religion and her BA from Yale University.