McClendon Scholars

Bridging Faith & Scholarship

The McClendon Scholar-In-Residence Program (MSIR) brings renowned scholars, theologians, and intellectuals to our community to engage in thought-provoking conversations, lectures, and events that explore the intersections of faith, scholarship, and contemporary issues.

Established through the generosity of the late Rev. Dr. Jack E. McClendon, this program brings scholars and thought leaders to Washington to share their wisdom, learning, and insight on how the church can be more effective in its pursuit of social justice.

Since its inception in 2006, we have had the privilege of hosting renowned scholars, theologians, and authors who have shaped our understanding of faith and justice. From Walter Brueggmann to James Cone, E.J. Dionne to  Bryan Stevenson, our esteemed guests have ignited profound conversations and provided invaluable insights. We have had the privilege of hearing from influential voices like Taylor Branch, Ellen Davis, Ron White, Kelly Brown Douglas, Sr. Simone Campbell, Sen. Chris Coons, Raphael Warnock, and Peter Wehner.

Join us as we continue to foster a community committed to learning, growth, and action.

Next Event

Anthony Ray Hinton:

September 20th | 6:30 pm

Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row in Alabama for a crime he did not commit before he was finally freed in 2015 through the efforts of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative. Hear about his experiences and learn ways that individuals and congregations can assist those who are currently or formerly incarcerated.