I’m excited to announce our first special guest for the Idolatry of God event taking place in Belfast over four days in April. He has been a close personal friend to me for many years and is someone I respect deeply. This is also the first time he has done anything in Europe, so this makes his appearance in Belfast even more significant. The picture will have already given the game away, so without further ado it is none other than the writer, speaker, equality activist and general troublemaker Jay Bakker.
Jay stands in the civil rights tradition of Martin Luther King Jr with his commitment to social justice, especially in his outspoken critique of sexual prejudice. Indeed he was recently the first person of faith to win a PFLAG award. Jay initially gained the spotlight because he was the son of TV evangelists Jim and Tammy-Faye Bakker, but has now come into his own as a writer and speaker committed to the themes of grace, justice and love for all.
Over the years he has stared in the six-part documentary One Punk Under God been a guest on shows such as Larry King Live and The Joy Behar Show and featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time, The Economist, FHM and New York Magazine.
His highly anticipated new book – Faith, Doubt and Other Lines I’ve Crossed – is due to be released shortly before the event (February)
Jay will be interviewed by the award winning television and radio presenter William Crawley. William is a leading journalist and cultural critic in the UK having received the Andrew Cross Award for speech broadcaster of the year (2006) and being bestowed a Doctor of Literature from Queens University for services to broadcasting (2012). Over the years William has presented a vast array of radio programs for the BBC as well numerous television documentaries, interviews and current affairs programs.
To book your place click here
(tickets are anticipated to sell out soon)
Jay in action