Rev. Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Obery Hendricks is a professor of biblical interpretation at the New York Theological Seminary and Visiting Scholar in both the Department of Religion and Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Dr. Hendricks has been called one of the most provocative and innovative commentators on the intersection of religion, politics and social policy in America today. A widely sought lecturer and media spokesperson, Dr. Hendricks’ media appearances include C-SPAN, PBS, National Public Radio, al-Jazeera Television, NHK Japan Television, Air-America, Radio One, Fox News, the Bloomberg Network, among others.

He is a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee, a member of the National Religious Leaders Advisory Committee of the Barack Obama presidential campaign, an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for American Progress (a Washington, DC think-tank) and a featured writer for and

His book, The Politics of Jesus speaks to the Christ of this world, who wants for human justice; the physical, psychological and spiritual care of people; and understands and resides side-by-side with those who struggle against poverty and oppression. His latest book is titled, The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church and the Body Politic (Orbis 2012).