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The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, President of Auburn Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson is president of Auburn Seminary, where she has led the multifaith movement for justice and equipped faith leaders to bridge divides, pursue justice and heal the world. Henderson was co-founder of Face to Face | Faith to Faith, a multifaith program for rising faith leaders in the United States and conflict- and post-conflicts parts of the world. Henderson was named a 2014 co-recipient of the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize for her work to develop interfaith engagement and creating programs to equip religious leaders with tools to build their communities.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Seminary leadership and philanthropy
  • Gender equality
  • LGBTQ equality and theology
  • A moral economy
  • Immigration
  • Gun violence

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The Rev. John H. Vaughn, Executive Vice President

Rev. John Vaughn is the Executive Vice President of Auburn Seminary, where he helps create Auburn’s future by leading the strategic planning processes and supervising the conversion of those processes into operating plans. He contributes to the development of new programs with both creative and practical advice and oversees Auburn’s day-to-day activities. Before joining the Seminary, he was the program director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation and worked to advance strategic giving for Black community change. He created the Foundation’s Black Men and Boys program that is developing a national policy agenda both for and informed by local communities. His prior experience also includes serving as the executive director of the Peace Development Fund and various roles serving congregations and communities in New York City, Boston and San Francisco.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Black Live Matter movement
  • Racial equality
  • Community development
  • Grassroots organizing

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Rabbi Justus Baird, Dean

Rabbi Justus Baird became Dean of Auburn Seminary after directing Auburn’s multifaith work for five years. In his role he oversees Auburn’s social justice education programs, including the Auburn Senior Fellows. Rabbi Baird’s Yerusha Jewish education program, which moves from a traditional textbook and workbook model to a goal-oriented model make his a revolutionary in the Jewish education field.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Jewish and multi-faith education
  • Judaism in America
  • Faith and politics
  • A moral economy

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Lisa Anderson, Vice President of Intersectional Engagement

Lisa Anderson is Vice President of Intersectional Engagement at Auburn Seminary, an initiative designed to equip women faith leaders with the tools for a life of social justice activism. She most recently founded the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, a project within the initiative specifically for Black women faith leaders.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Diverse communities and intersectionality: Black, womanist, feminist and LGBTQ theologies
  • Christian ethics and liturgy
  • Christian doctrines and liberation theologies

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The Rev. J.C. Austin, Vice President of Christian Leadership Formation

As Vice President of Christian Leadership Formation at Auburn, The Rev. J.C. Austin works with faith leaders across the country to help them develop the tools needed to lead social and organizational change. He is the founder and leader of Auburn’s Entrepreneurial Ministry Fellows program for recent seminary graduates and leads the Wisdom in Abundance program. Before joining the Auburn staff he spent ten years as associate pastor for evangelism and stewardship at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Christian leadership formation
  • Presbyterian theology and governance
  • Church leadership development
  • Truth and reconciliation

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Dr. Sharon Groves, Vice President of Public Engagement

Dr. Sharon Groves is the Vice President of Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary. In this role she works with Auburn’s program staff create programming for the multifaith community. She also oversees the LGBTQ religious work at Auburn and supports the social justice work of religious leaders. Groves previously served as the Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program, where she developed bilingual tools and resources to help religious families understand LGBTQ family members through both the Bible and their faith.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Facilitating dialogue between LGBTQ religious communities
  • LGBTQ equality
  • Mobilizing multifaith advocates for social justice issues

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The Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen, Vice President of Applied Research

The Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen is Auburn’s Vice President of Applied Research. The Rev. Dr. Scharen works to implement a new research agenda intended to explore interconnected issues of faith-rooted leadership, institutions, and communities in the context of changing religious life in America, and the implications these hold for theological education.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Theological ethics
  • Intersection of pop culture and religion
  • Worship and contemporary culture

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Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Senior Vice President of Public Engagement

As the Senior Vice President of Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary, Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is responsible for conveying Auburn’s vision to a growing number of stakeholders and expanding Auburn’s presence on a national and global scale. In 2009, Raushenbush founded HuffPost Religion and launched a weekly podcast that offered a unique perspective into the spiritual and religious individuals, communities and ideas shaping the world.

Topics of interest/expertise

  • Religion and journalism

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