Pastor Mike McBride was named one of the “Top 13 Progressive Faith Leaders To Watch in 2013” by The Center for American Progress.
Here’s an excerpt:
2012 was a pivotal year for the progressive faith movement. While political and theological conservatives suffered a series of strategic defeats at both the state and federal level, religious progressives across the country organized to meet the challenges of poverty, climate change, and voter disenfranchisement, among other issues.
In the midst of this political shift, innovative progressive faith leaders and activists from a variety of religious backgrounds rose to prominence in 2012. As we look at this year—where debates over gun-violence prevention, immigration, marriage equality, and climate change are heating up—the Center for American Progress’s Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative has compiled a list of the 13 progressive faith leaders who we expect will take the lead on these and other issues in 2013.
Pastor Michael McBride—lead organizer for PICO National Network (People Improving Communities through Organizing) Lifelines to Healing Campaign—is a leading voice among faith-based efforts to address the causes of urban violence and crime and the mass incarceration of people of color across the United States. An eloquent orator, McBride offered impassioned pastoral reflections on the impact of gun violence and the dangers facing urban communities during an impromptu gathering in front of the White House immediately following the Newtown tragedy. Earlier this year, McBride joined religious leaders at Vice President Joe Biden’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to discuss the faith community’s role in curbing violence. McBride, who is also a pastor of a church in Oakland, California, has witnessed the impact of gun violence on children, families, and communities, and believes faith leaders have an important role to play in the national debate surrounding gun-violence prevention.