The 2017 James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture
“Expanding Sanctuary: Moving Beyond Church Walls Towards An Ethic of Solidarity”

by Rev. Alison J. Harrington

Tuesday, November 7
7 p.m.
Letitia Pate Evans Hall, Terrace Level
Agnes Scott College


About the Speaker

The Rev. Alison HarringtonThe Rev. Alison J. Harrington is pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco Theological Seminary, Harrington is a sought after public speaker and prolific writer. As the pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tuscon, Arizona, Harrington plays a central role in the immigrant rights movement in southern Arizona and a national leader in the Sanctuary Movement.  In the fall of 2014, Harrington was named by the Center for American Progress as one of fifteen Faith Leaders to Watch in 2015, she was honored as the 2016 Distinguished Alumna for San Francisco Theological Seminary, and most recently was recognized as one of the “10 Women of Faith Leading the Charge Ahead” by Sojourners

As head pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church, Harrington is continuing the church’s legacy—through the New Sanctuary Movement—of providing a safe haven for immigrants threatened with deportation. Southside’s provision of sanctuary to one husband and father, Daniel Neyoy Ruiuz, made national news last year, and Harrington encouraged other faith communities to provide sanctuary to undocumented individuals and welcome them into their communities to help keep families together. Although the passage of comprehensive immigration reform remains uncertain, Harrington’s leadership stands as an important witness against indifference.


The James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture 

The James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture is a signature event hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and brings a nationally recognized scholar to campus each year. The keynote address focuses on current conversations about questions of faith and values in American culture, providing timely and relevant points of reference for on-campus religious dialogue. The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture. The lecture is named for James Ross McCain, Agnes Scott College’s second president, who served from 1923 to 1951. Previous speakers include Bishop Minerva Carcaño, De. Amy-Jill Levine and Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor.