A Multi-cultural, Multi-faith Global Initiative

IntersectionsIntersections is dedicated to building respectful relationships among diverse individuals and communities to forge common ground and develop strategies that promote justice, reconciliation and peace.

Under the direction of its Executive Director, Rev. Julie Johnson Staples, Intersections pursues its mission by:

  • Engaging in interfaith dialogue and action
  • Addressing the consequences of conflict at home and abroad
  • Empowering marginalized communities

Through these initiatives, and in partnership with other organizations, Intersections seeks to advance the ongoing transformation of society through public forums, creative arts, educational events, advocacy and community development.

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Reverend Julie Johnson Staples is a Collegiate Senior Minister serving as Executive Director of Intersections International, a ten-year old organization that works to unite disparate groups and form common ground in racial reconciliation, justice and peacemaking. Throughout her career as a journalist, Wall Street executive and minister, social justice has been her passion and a unifying thread in her work and philanthropy.

Prior to Intersections, Rev. Johnson Staples most recently served as interim Senior Minister of the historic Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. Previously, she was interim Minister of Education at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Rev. Johnson Staples also served as Moderator of the New York-New Jersey Regional Association of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC). She is a member of the NACCC national ambassador team and Rev. Johnson Staples serves on the national board of directors of the NACCC.

In 2012, Rev. Johnson Staples completed a Th.M. degree in Religion, Literature and Culture at Harvard University. She received her M.Div. degree with honors and distinction in Biblical Studies/Hebrew Bible from the Union Theological Seminary in 2011.

Rev. Johnson Staples received her B.S. degree in journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information at the University of Kansas, and her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Rev. Johnson Staples lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is married and has one son.