Following three decades of pastoral leadership and public ministry, Bishop William J. Barber II, DMin, collaborated with Yale Divinity School to establish the Center for Public Theology and Public Policy to create a training ground for leaders who wish to be equipped with a moral framework as a guide for their vocations and to further explore the interconnectedness of public theology and public policy through scholarly research.

The Center for Public Theology and Public Policy is a hub for the study, research, and practice of framing and implementing moral public theology in the 21st century. Our work is rooted in the philosophy of moral movements that have strategically and successfully used theology as the basis for challenging social and economic injustice in society. We work at the intersection of faith, moral values, law, social movements, and social transformation. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Public Theology and Public Policy is to prepare a new generation of moral leaders to be active participants in creating a just society using the academic, practical, and research tools of past and present social justice movements.  

  • We examine and teach the theory and practice of public theology and the principles and strategies of transformative social movements.  

  • We provide students with opportunities for practical experience in movement building work and public ministry. 

  • We cultivate research at the intersection of theology and public policy, critically framing public policy issues as moral issues and creating moral public policy solutions in collaboration with scholars, faith leaders, economists, lawyers, and the community. 

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December 23, 2022
On Monday, Dec. 19th, 2022, Bishop William J. Barber II, DMin, and Yale Divinity School announced the establishment of the new Center for Public Theology and Public Policy to...
December 15, 2022
Bishop William J. Barber II opened the legislative session in the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 15th, 2022, with prayer.  He was invited to serve as guest  chaplain...