The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. She is the Director of the Kairos Center and a Founder and the Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative. She has spent the past two decades organizing amongst the poor in the United States, working with and advising grassroots organizations with significant victories including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Vermont Workers Center, Domestic Workers United, the United Workers Association, the National Union of the Homeless and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. She has led hundreds of trainings, Bible studies, and leadership development workshops; spoken at dozens of conferences and keynote presentations across the US and globally; and published several articles and book chapters sharing her vision that poverty can be ended and that the poor can be agents of social change. 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 is the author of Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor (Eerdmans, 2017) and co-author, with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Rick Lowery of Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing (Beacon Press, 2018). Liz is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Upcoming Classes with Liz Theoharis

May 28 @ 5:30 pm

Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

This course will look at three different passages from the Bible and consider their history, economics, politics and morality. We will also relate the key messages from those passages to the moment we are in today.
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Past Classes with Liz Theoharis

Poor Peoples Campaign
October 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

The Poor People’s Campaign: 1968-2018

A 4-part series, taught by Kairos Center staff, covering the main themes of the last historic campaign of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and its contemporary revival as the Poor People’s Campaign.
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November 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

Always With Us? What Jesus Really Said About the Poor

Taught by Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, this three-part course will reclaim the radical teachings of the Bible around poverty, wealth and power that have been lost to many of our movements.
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February 6 @ 5:30 pm

Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

This course will look at three different passages from the Bible and consider their history, economics, politics and morality. We will also relate the key messages from those passages to the moment we are in today.
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April 15 @ 6:00 pm

Empire and Economics: The Long History of Debt-Cancelation from Antiquity to Today

Join Dr. Michael Hudson, New Testament Scholar Dr. Aliou Niang and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Biblical Scholar and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, for a discussion on the history of debt and what it means for our context today. Moderated by Shailly Gupta Barnes and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice.
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