Christianity & Human Rights Series
What are “human rights” and does it make sense to call human rights “Christian”? How are we to understand the relationship between the biblical value of justice for the oppressed and the modern-day movement for universal human rights? How have the American government and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engaged this movement? For those moved by Christian faith to support the human rights of all, what historical and theological support is available?
We’ll be exploring these questions and more during a two-week series on “Christianity & Human Rights” led by former Calvary member and human rights professional Allyson McKinney Timm. The series will consider Christian influence on the advent of human rights, Christian theologian Nicholas Wolterstorff’s theory of justice as respect for human rights, and the modern-day human rights movement expressed in international law. It will probe how our national government and our denomination have each responded to the human rights movement. Through this study, we seek to deepen our understanding of what it means to live as a Christian people called to “do justice” in today’s trying world.
About Allyson McKinney Timm
Allyson McKinney Timm is a theologically trained human rights lawyer whose commitment to justice ministry has been inspired by her faith journey. She is the Founder and Director of Justice Revival™, an ecumenical Christian community whose mission is to inspire, educate, and mobilize Christians to respond faithfully to the biblical call to justice by standing in solidarity with the oppressed and defending the human rights of all.
Previously, Allyson served as the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School, where she taught and supervised students’ work addressing a wide range of issues, such as early and forced marriage, human trafficking, religious liberty, and rights to education and housing.
Earlier in her career, Allyson established and led the Uganda Field Office of International Justice Mission. Under her leadership, the IJM Uganda team initiated a program to defend the property and inheritance rights of vulnerable widows and orphans. They educated communities, represented victims, and pioneered a police training program.
Allyson began her legal career as an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where she was part of a team that successfully advocated for reform of unlawful conditions in California’s juvenile prison system.
She is ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).