Watch Now: The Politics of Neighborly Love

On Thursday, Sept. 19, more than 400 people from across the U.S. gathered online for “The Politics of Neighborly Love: Christian Citizenship in a Divided Age.” With a keynote from Justin Giboney and a panel discussion featuring Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN), Scott Sauls, and Stephanie Summers, we considered the role that faith plays in our partisan politics, and how to engage in faithful, constructive dialogue in this political season.

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Group Discussion Guide

Thanks to our partners at Nashville Institute for Faith & Work for providing this group discussion guide. Watch the event with your church or small group, and use this guide to facilitate discussion and reflection.

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Introduction: Ryan Tafilowski


Keynote: Justin Giboney


Panel (Part 1)


Panel (Part 2)


Full Replay with Closed Captioning


Justin Giboney

The AND Campaign

Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Giboney has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in the state and referendums relating to the city’s transportation and water infrastructure. In 2012 and 2016, Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention and he served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative. A former Vanderbilt University football player and law student, Justin served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors. Additionally, Justin has participated in LEAD Atlanta, Outstanding Atlanta and the Georgia Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. He’s written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today.

Bill Haslam

49th Governor

BILL HASLAM is the 49th Governor of Tennessee. On November 4, 2014, Haslam secured the largest re-election victory in modern Tennessee history. Under his leadership, Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in education, economic development, efficient government and fiscal strength.

Stephanie Summers

Center for Public Justice

Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice, a Christian, independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. She also serves as a Trustee of Eastern University, where she received an M.S. in Nonprofit Management. As a speaker, moderator, and writer, Stephanie’s work has appeared in publications such as Comment and Q Ideas. She is also a co-author of Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice (Falls City Press). Stephanie is also a recipient of the inaugural Duke Divinity Reflective Leadership award.

Ryan Tafilowski

Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Ryan Tafilowski holds a PhD in systematic theology, a master’s in theology in history from the University of Edinburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Colorado Christian University. Tafilowski has served as an adjunct professor in the Division of Christian Thought at Denver Seminary, adjunct professor of theology at Colorado Christian University, and postgraduate instructor in theology and ecclesiastical history at the University of Edinburgh. He serves as the lead pastor at Foothills Fellowship Church in Denver and as Theologian-in-Residence at the Denver Institute for Faith and Work.