Author, Teacher, Lecturer, Ecumenist, Community Organizer, Chaplain
James M. Barrens is the former Executive Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida.
He is also the former Lead Organizer of Congregations United for Community Action, a St. Petersburg, Florida social justice organization comprised of thirty-seven diverse religious congregations; Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Unitarian-Universalist, Bahia, and others. He currently curates the website TheJusticeFactory.org, which was established in 2007 to fill an urgent need: to promote interfaith reconciliation, peace, and justice.
In 2015 Mr. Barrens authored In Our Time- Nostra Aetate: How Catholics and Jews Built a New Relationship, published by Mr. Media Books.
Barrens, who is Roman Catholic, has been recognized by local and national media for having a unique and accessible yet scholarly perspective on inter-faith relations, with a particular expertise in Catholic-Jewish relations. A Commissioned Member of the Federation of Christian Ministries, he completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology at The American University in Washington, D.C., and his graduate studies in Theology at Saint Leo University.
And, oh yes, his wife, Ruth, is Jewish!