Vanita Gupta to speak at Christian Unity Gathering Gala

We are pleased to announce that Vanita Gupta will be the keynote speaker for this year’s CUG Gala.  The gala is to take place on Thursday evening, November 9th. Be sure to register today!

About Vanita Gupta

Vanita Gupta serves as the President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition. She is an experienced leader and litigator who has devoted her entire career to civil rights work. Most recently, from October 15, 2014, to January 20, 2017, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Appointed by President Barack Obama as the chief civil rights prosecutor for the United States, Gupta oversaw a wide range of criminal and civil enforcement efforts to ensure equal justice and protect equal opportunity for all during one of the most consequential periods for the division.

Under Gupta’s leadership, the division did critical work in a number of areas, including advancing constitutional policing and criminal justice reform; prosecuting hate crimes and human trafficking; promoting disability rights; protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals; ensuring voting rights for all; and combating discrimination in education, housing, employment, lending, and religious exercise. She regularly engaged with a broad range of stakeholders in the course of this work.

About the Awards Gala

The newest feature to the National Council of Churches’ signature event, the Christian Unity Gathering, is our annual awards gala where the top leaders in the ecumenical movement will be honored.

This year the awards banquet will take place at the Sheraton in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.  It is included as part of your CUG registration fee; the cost is $150 if you wish to attend the gala by itself, without attending other CUG meetings and events.

We are proud to bring you this awards gala which will bring together today’s top faith leaders with those living out their calling to building peace and doing justice.

Register now for the Christian Unity Gathering!