Reverend Dr. Art Cribbs

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Reverend Dr. Art Cribbs – Minister and Activist for Social Justice

The Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs is the executive director of CLUE-California (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), a statewide faith-based organization, that advocates for workers and immigrant rights, quality education, and health care.

Working with interfaith leaders in San Diego County, he participated in public vigils for peace to end wars in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan; joined members of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in public actions at various locations, including shopping malls and the University of California, San Diego; and, assisted with the annual La Posada bi-national event along the Mexico-United States border.

He was president of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and president of Pacific Media Ministry, a television production company that produced local and network programs.

As a former executive with the international ministries of the United Church of Christ, Dr. Cribbs traveled to more than 20 countries, itinerated and accompanied global partners who visited the United States.

He was the executive director of the United Church of Christ Office of Communication and restructured the department through cross-discipline training; redesigned the UCC’s national newspaper; and, reconstituted the television production studio with a weekly program on national television.

Dr. Cribbs’ has an extensive background in broadcast news and talk radio. He produced and hosted the television specials, “Stories of the Soul: Life after 9/11” for which he won an Emmy Award and “Changing Faces of AIDS” which was nominated for an Emmy.

In the mid-1990s, he was employed by KPIX-TV in San Francisco as the East Bay bureau chief and a special commentator during the O.J. Simpson trial. In Chicago, Dr. Cribbs was heard daily on WVON, WGCI-AM, and V-1O3 as a talk show host; he appeared weekly on WLS-TV and WMAQ-TV with the Chicago Church Federation television programs from 1987 to 1989.

He is a jazz-poet performance artist and playwright. He’s written two original plays, including Awaiting Judgment©, which brings together 20th century theologians and social activists Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a fictional dialogue inside a prison cell.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley in political science, Master of Divinity from the Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry (with the president’s academic excellence award) from the Claremont School of Theology.

Rev. Cribbs will give speak at Sister Giant about Faith and Politics in America today.