About Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson serves as Director of External Communications at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. She is an ordained Baptist minister who has spent her career working at the intersection of faith and the public sphere. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a MAR in Theology from Yale Divinity School. Rachel has worked with churches, non-profits, denominational groups, and political organizations to develop strategic outreach campaigns on a wide range of issues, including creation care and climate change, nuclear security, human rights, international development and peace building, domestic poverty, healthcare, and the intersection of faith in the public sphere. Follow her on Twitter at @rachelnoelj

Tapping the Millennial Imagination: On FAO Schwarz, Don Quixote, and the Dying Church

Millennials are more optimistic than they have any right to be. Does this signal hope for the dying church? Millennials are the “in” generation. Love us or hate us, every day stories scroll across my newsfeed filled with statistics and anecdotes aimed at dissecting our behavior and assigning it meaning. We are the generation leaving [Read More…]

To Sing and Dance: Confessions of a Religious, but Not Spiritual

When I think about spiritual disciplines as something I need to do in order to be a “good” Christian, every fiber of my being rebels. But when I think about them as roadmaps, paths that a great cloud of witnesses have traversed for thousands of years before me, then there is a stirring in my soul. [Read more…]


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