As her new podcast continues to make waves on the air, Gloria Purvis will take to the stage later this month to make noise on the ground.

The American Solidarity Party, a relatively new political party founded largely on Catholic Social Teaching, will feature Purvis as a speaker at their (presumably virtual) national convention scheduled for June 25th-27th.

The news came courtesy of a series of tweets sent out by the ASP account earlier this month, currently the only information released on the event.

The party was founded in 2011 by David Frost and Kirk Morrison as the Christian Democratic Party USA, intentionally evoking comparisons to other Christian Democratic parties around the world.

A year later, the group changed its name to the current one, so as to identify as a non-sectarian group.

This would lead to a series of internal developments, however—from debates on same-sex marriage and Christian monarchism, to a war with a “Dorothy Day Caucus” among its ranks, to a controversial 2018 national committee election that led to multiple prominent leaders exiting the party altogether.

Since then, the party has taken on a more openly Christian/Catholic flair—though without the inconsistent policies on life and human dignity commonly seen among Christians in the Democratic and Republican parties.

As such, Purvis will be joined at the convention by speakers from across the Consistent Life spectrum, including Dr. Karen Swallow-Prior, immigration advocate Rondell Treviño, and Black sociologist Dr. George Yancey.

They will be joined by speakers from around the globe, and a keynote will be delivered by retired Catholic professor Dr. James Hanink, the ASP candidate for governor of California. (He’ll face his co-religionist Gavin Newsom in a recall election this Fall).

Registration details for the conference have not yet been released, but the party has announced that most of the speaking events will occur on Saturday, June 26th.

Those interested can sign up for ASP email updates here.


Nate Tinner-Williams is co-founder and editor of Black Catholic Messenger, in priesthood formation with the Josephites, and a ThM student with the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA).


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