Experts to Square Off on Role of Church in Politics



Dr. Derek Grier, senior pastor of Grace Church in Dumfries, Va., announced the re-launch of Both Sides Magazine and the launch of the Both Sides Forum Series. The web-based magazine and the live forum tackle hot-button issues of the day while giving people the opportunity to think through how their positions line up with their faith.

The inaugural forum will take place on June 27 at Grace Church. Each forum will be moderated by Grier and will feature discussions with high profile leaders. Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy for The NAACP and Derek McCoy, president of the Maryland Family Alliance, will answer the question, “Should the Church Get Out of Politics?”

Shelton and McCoy have penned opinion editorials that are featured in the June online edition of Both Sides Magazine at

“The forums and the magazine encourage people to think through what they believe,” said Grier. “As some attempt to marginalize people of faith, we want the thought-provoking discussion to produce unity among the various parts of the church.”

In advance of the live forum, readers of the online magazine are encouraged to join the discussion by commenting on the provocative articles on the forum topic.


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