Greg Barrett

Greg Barrett


Greg is the author of two nonfiction books on social justice and is a veteran journalist who's reported from around the world. At the lectern he's a storyteller passionate about the politics of Washington and Wall Street, peacemaking, the military industry, and the ever-widening economic divide. Fired by first-hand experiences that show people everywhere to be more alike than different, Greg aspires to inspire a lasting change in how cultures and religions relate to one another.

In 2003 he was a national and foreign correspondent based in the Washington bureau for Gannett News Service/USA Today when he first reported from the streets of prewar Iraq. He returned there in 2010 with activist-author Shane Claiborne and several other Christian peacemakers in an effort to tell the redemptive story of Rutba. The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq was published by Orbis Books in hardcover and ebook in 2012; in early 2013 it was also published in paperback. In June 2013, the Catholic Press Books Awards honored The Gospel of Rutba with third place in its category of Faithful Citizenship-- a category that reviews books about contemporary political issues and the formation of conscience.

Greg’s first book of nonfiction, The Gospel of Father Joe: Revolutions & Revelations in the Slums of Bangkok, is the story of Catholic priest Rev. Joe Maier of Longview, WA. For more than three decades Father Joe has worked hand-in-glove with the Buddhists and Muslims of Thailand to build schools, orphanages, and AIDS hospices in the squatter camps of Bangkok. The book won a Nautilus Book Awards silver medal in 2009.

From his home in Northern Virginia Greg can travel to speak about the lessons found in the actions of peacemakers and Good Samaritans of Iraq and in the life of Father Joe. He can also discuss a journalism career that has placed him in the cordoned off corners of Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Israel, Jordan and Thailand.

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