Lisa AndersonVice President, Embodied Justice Leadership

Lisa Anderson is Vice President of Embodied Justice Leadership at Auburn Seminary. Lisa creates spaces where faith/spirit-rooted leaders find rest, respite, and retreat.  Her work also includes intersectional organizing, bridging the divide between theology and activism, and the creation and curation of worship and liturgical resources.

Lisa is the founding director of the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle (STLC), a fellowship program whose mission is to make the ordinary care of the bodies, minds, and spirits of Black and Brown women a priority in their own lives and within the social justice spaces where Black women leaders disproportionately serve. STLC equips Black and Brown women leaders, seeking to advance movements for justice within their communities, through a methodology that incorporates a vigorous and spiritually grounded practice of self-care as a part of a leader’s public witness.

Before coming to Auburn, Lisa designed seminars on national and international affairs through the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. There she helped lay leaders connect their professions of Christian faith to concrete and spiritually grounded activism for social change and transformation. Lisa was also a leader and facilitator at Marble Collegiate Church, working specifically on behalf of the Women’s Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and the Senior Fellowship. Lisa has worked on issues of food justice and as an advocate for poor women and children through the United Way-sponsored Dutchess Outreach in Upstate New York where she supervised a volunteer staff of over one hundred.

Lisa is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary. She has taught courses in black, womanist, feminist and LGBTQ theologies, ethics and liturgy. She is a regular contributor to several blogs, and journals including the Journal of Theology & Sexuality, and the book, Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership.

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