Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 5, 2021.
The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson is president of Auburn Seminary, a multi-faith leadership development and research institute that has become an essential institution in advancing the multi-faith movements for justice.
Author of God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the World (Continuum, 2006), Dr. Henderson is an internationally known speaker and has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC, NPR, and more. Her TEDx talk, “Letting God Out of the Box,” was released in February 2017. She is currently writing her second book, Telling the Future Story of America: Vision 2050 From a School of Prophets.
Co-founder of Face to Face | Faith to Faith—a multi-faith program educating a new generation of young leaders from the US and conflict and post conflict regions around the world as peacemakers for our global society – Dr. Henderson was named co-recipient of the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize for her lifelong passion to create spaces for authentic interfaith engagement. She joined esteemed past winners including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Selected as an Arthur Vining Davis Foundation’s Fellow for the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival for her outstanding and respected leadership in the multi-faith leadership development field, she serves on the Advisory Board of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center and the Multi-faith Leadership Advisory Board for New York University; and is a Board member of the Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, MT.
Rev. Henderson earned her Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary and her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Raised in Louisville, Kentucky during the civil rights movement, as a child, Katharine accompanied her parents on civil rights marches and prayed and sang with people of many faith traditions who came together out of moral conviction—all united for justice. This early experience shaped her enduring commitment to equip and support leaders in building a more peaceful and just world.
This program is made possible by the Arthur and Helen Reycroft Memorial Religious Lectureship Fund.
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