We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.
senior director of Intersectional Engagement and Strategic Convening, Auburn Theological Seminary
Lisa Anderson is senior director of Intersectional Engagement & Strategic Convening at Auburn Theological Seminary, an initiative dedicated to equipping bold and resilient women faith leaders with the tools they need for a lifetime of prophetic social justice activism. Anderson is the founding director of the newest signature program of that initiative, The Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, which aligns the creation of vibrant and sustainable models of activist leadership with an emphasis on self and community care as a defining and galvanizing mandate for social justice in the 21st century. In addition, Anderson works with Auburn’s education team on issues of intersectional organizing, bridging the divide between theology and activism, and on deepening the spiritually grounding of leaders in a multifaith movement for justice via the creation and curation of worship and liturgical resources.
Before coming to Auburn, Anderson designed seminars on national and international affairs at the Church Center of the United Nations for the Women’s Division of 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. Anderson 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. Anderson 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.
Anderson is a graduate of Vassar College where she majored in religion and philosophy. A trained theologian, Anderson holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary. Currently she is a Union Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology specializing in Christian doctrines and liberation theologies. Her dissertation, “On Love, Liberation and Original Sin: A Black Queer Meditation,” is a critically constructive examination of how Christian sin-talk reimagined through the lens of black LGBTQ experience can be engaged as a positive and empowering narrative for Christians committed to a liberation discourse and practice more broadly.
Anderson has taught courses in black, womanist, feminist and LGBTQ theologies, Christian ethics and liturgy. She is a contributor to the recent book, “Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership” (Skylight Press, 2010) and blogs regularly on issues of embodiment, wellness and prophetic leadership for The Huffington Post.
vice president for strategy, engagement and media, AUBURN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Macky Alston is vice president for strategy, engagement and media at Auburn Theological Seminary, where he works to equip faith leaders to stand for justice through the media. Alston founded Auburn Media in 2002 and served for ten years as its director, innovating a range of programs related to media and religion and training over 3,500 faith leaders — among them many of the most influential religious leaders of our day — on a wide range of justice issues. Alston is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films include “Love Free or Die,” premiered Sundance, broadcast PBS October 29, 2012; “Hard Road Home,” PBS 2008; “The Killer Within,” Discovery Films 2006; “Questioning Faith,” HBO 2002; and “Family Name,” PBS 1998. He has won awards at Sundance twice, received the Gotham Open Palm Award and earned three Emmy nominations. He has appeared widely in the press, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The New York Times. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, he comes from a long line of ministers in the American South and grew up exposed to the power of religion, politics and the media, as charismatic leaders on the Left and Right shaped society and history for generations to come. Read more about him at www.mackyalston.com.
Data manager/art and ritual advisor, AUBURN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani is the data manager/art & ritual advisor at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. She oversees all systems creation and development within Auburn Media, providing primary administrative, communications and logistical support. Before her time at Auburn, Hayeem-Ladani worked with pro-choice clergy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She attended Marymount Manhattan College and earned B.A. in theatre.
Local Field Organizer, Atlanta Table to Action Project
Melvin Bray is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, writer, educator and social entrepreneur residing with his wife, three kids, two dogs and innumerable worms in the West End of Atlanta, Georgia. He’s an active member of multiple networks cultivating sustainable approaches to a life of faith, including Faith Forward and Wild Goose Festival. He co-edited “Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth & a New Kind of Christianity” (Woodlake Publishing, 2013) and is coordinating author of “The Stories in Which We Find Ourselves.” Through gardening, neighboring, storytelling and convening, Melvin loves to help people pursue collaborative relationships in which to thrive.
Letitia M. Campbell
Local Field Organizer, Atlanta Table to Action Project
Letitia Campbell is a teacher, researcher, administrator, and doctoral candidate at Emory University, with particular interests in religion, ethics, community and international development, and the role of religion in movements for social justice. A native Atlantan, she is proud to be associated with the Solutions not Punishments Coalition, the #KellyOnMyMind Collective, and other grassroots justice-makers. Letitia is the Coordinator of Community and Strategic Partnerships for Emory’s Master’s Development Practice (MDP) Program. Prior to her arrival at Emory, Letitia taught religious studies at Manhattan College and Columbia University and was part of the program staff at Auburn Theological Seminary, all in New York City. Letitia holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies from Davidson College, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Oxford University. She has worked as a journalist, and has experience helping grassroots and religious groups develop capacity for faith-based anti-racism organizing. Letitia is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Advisory Round Table
The Advisory Roundtable helps to shape the vision of the Table to Action Project and guide our work in Atlanta. The group itself models the kinds of gatherings and relationships that we are committed to nurturing, and Advisory Roundtable members are core members of our network of dinner party hosts.
Mary Anne Adams - ZAMI NOBLA (National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging)
Mickye'l "Micky" Bradford - Organizer, Health Consultant, and Co-founder, Southern Fried Queer Pride
Rev. Dr. Melissa Browning - Instructor of Contextual Ministry
DeeDee Chamblee - Founder, LaGender Inc.
Angela Denise Davis
Paulina Herdandez - Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground
Heidi Day Jessup - Coach-Trainer-Speaker
Josh Lesser - Rabbi, Congregation Bet Haverim
Stephen Lewis - President, Fund for Theological Exploration
Aurielle Marie Lucier - #ItsBiggerThanYou
Rev. Dennis Meredith - Tabernacle Baptist Church
Deborah Richardson - Executive Vice President, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Ryan Roemerman - Interim Executive Director, LGBT Institute, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Rev. Paul Roberts - President, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary
Rev. Duncan E. Teague - Faith Outreach Consultant, Georgia Equality