Lisa Sharon Harper
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Lisa Sharon Harper

From Ferguson to New York, and from Germany and South Africa to Australia and Brazil, Lisa Sharon Harper’s speaking, writing and activism has fueled the global faith-rooted movement for a just world. Ms. Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, 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. Her highly anticipated book, Fortune: How Race Broke My Family And The World—And How To Repair It All (Brazos, Feb 8, 2022) walks readers through 10 generations of her family story and calls for the repair of what race broke in the world. An Auburn Seminary Senior Fellow, Ms. Harper has appeared on NPR, TVOne, FoxNews Online 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 peace and governance, immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial and gender justice, climate change, and transformational civic engagement. 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 2015, The Huffington Post named Ms. Harper one of 50 powerful women religious leaders to celebrate on International Women’s Day. In 2019, The Religion Communicators Council named a two-part series within Ms. Harper’s monthly Freedom Road Podcast “Best Radio or Podcast Series of The Year”. And in 2020 Ms. Harper received The Bridge Award from The Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation in recognition of her dedication to bridging divides and building the beloved community.
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