The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is Co-Chair, with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which organized the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America, and has since emerged as one of the nation’s leading social movement forces. She is also the Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.
Liz received her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania; her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2004, where she was the first William Sloane Coffin Scholar; and her PhD from Union in New Testament and Christian Origins. She has been published in the NY Times, Time Magazine, CNN, The Guardian, Sojourners, The Nation, and others. In 2018, she gave the “Building a Moral Movement” TEDtalk at TEDWomen, was named one of the Politico 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries whose ideas are driving politics,” and was also named a Women of Faith recipient by the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 2019, she was a Selma “Bridge” Award recipient, and was named by Sojourners as one of 11 Women Shaping the Church. In 2020, she was named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress.
Liz is the author of Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor (Eerdmans, 2017). She is co-author of Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing (Beacon, 2018). She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and teaches at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
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