Lisa Sharon Harper

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Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, LLC, and the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed, "The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right." Asked why she does what she does, Lisa's answer is clear: “So that the church might be worthy of the moniker ‘Bride of Christ.'" Through preaching, writing, training, network development, and public witness, Lisa engages the church in the work of justice and peacemaking. She was named “#5 of the Top 13 Women to Watch in 2012” by the Center for American Progress and was awarded the 2013 Faith and Justice Leadership Award by the National Black Women’s Round Table. She formerly served as the Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners.[1]

Nonviolence or Non-Existence: Choosing Nonviolence

March and Action Washington, DC September 21-22.

As part of the CNV Action Week, Campaign Nonviolence will solemnly march from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Memorial to the White House on Saturday, September 22. Join Rev. Lennox Yearwood, George Martin, Lisa Sharon Harper, Shane Claiborne, Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, Rev. John Dear and many others to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and to take action for change today. We will mobilize in the spirit of Dr. King’s proclamation the night before he died: “The choice is no longer violence or nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or non-existence.”[2]

Still Evangelical?

Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning is a new book edited by Mark Labberton, the president of Fuller Seminary. He brings together a number of people to tackle the “evangelical identity crisis” head-on by discussing the meaning of the movement in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. The contributors are Lisa Sharon Harper, Karen Swallow Prior, Mark Young, Robert Chao Romero, Soong-Chan Rah, Allen Yeh, Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Mark Galli, Shane Claiborne, Jim Daly, and Tom Lin.

Activism

From Ferguson to New York, and from Germany to South Africa to Australia, Lisa Sharon Harper leads trainings that increase clergy and community leaders’ capacity to organize people of faith toward a just world. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action.

Ms. Harper is the author of several books, including Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat (The New Press, 2008); Left Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics (Elevate, 2011); Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014); and the critically acclaimed, The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right (Waterbrook, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016). The Very Good Gospel, recognized as the “2016 Book of the Year” by Englewood Review of Books, explores God’s intent for the wholeness of all relationships in light of today’s headlines.

A columnist at Sojourners Magazine and an Auburn Theological Seminary Senior Fellow, Ms. Harper has appeared on TVOne, FoxNews Online, NPR, and Al Jazeera America. Her writing has been featured in CNN Belief Blog, The National Civic Review, Sojourners, The Huffington Post, Relevant Magazine, and Essence Magazine. She writes extensively on shalom and governance, immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial and gender justice, climate change, and transformational civic engagement.[3]

Ms. Harper earned her Masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University in New York City, and served as Sojourners Chief Church Engagement Officer. In this capacity, she fasted for 22 days as a core faster in 2013 with the immigration reform Fast for Families. She trained and catalyzed evangelicals in St. Louis and Baltimore to engage the 2014 push for justice in Ferguson and the 2015 healing process in Baltimore, and she educated faith leaders in South Africa to pull the levers of their new democracy toward racial equity and economic inclusion.

Team

Freedom Road.us team, July 2018.

Ferguson protest

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Solidarity Against Racism, October 14, 2015;

With Al Osorio, Jeremy Miller, Christopherj Woods, John Earl Boyd, Jose LaSalle, Derk Brown, La Mesha Irizarry, Osagyefo Sekou, Dr. Cornel West, Efia Nwangaza Renita Marie Green, Susan Talve, Traci Blackmon, Mary Gene Boteler, Starsky Wilson, Waltrina N. Middleton, Jim Wallis, Heather Wilson, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Patrick Soby.

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