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Melissa Browning is a theologian, ethicist, and activist who studies congregational and community-based responses to injustice. Melissa teaches at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University where she is the Assistant Professor of Contextual Ministry. She also directs McAfee’s community development concentration and is currently designing new curriculum in community development, community organizing, and social entrepreneurship. Melissa is also active in death penalty abolitionist work in Georgia and is an ordained Baptist minister. Her current research (funded through the Louisville Institute) is a grounded theory ethnographic study that looks at non-traditional congregations, solidarity, and social change.