The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union and the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at the Union Theological Seminary. She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.
Among the first Black women to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, Douglas is considered a leader in the field of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, and sexuality and the Black church. Through her writing, preaching, teaching, and work in the public square, Douglas has been a tireless advocate for justice and dignity for every human being, particularly those who are marginalized because of their race, gender, or sexuality. In 2019, she spoke at Ithaca College as part of the Peggy Ryan Williams Difficult Dialogues Symposium.
Douglas’ books include “Sexuality in the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective,” “Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant,” and “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” inspired by Trayvon Martin’s death. and the forthcoming “Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter.”
She served a parish in Washington, D.C., for over 20 years, and prior to joining the Episcopal Divinity School at Union in 2017, she taught at Goucher College, Howard University School of Divinity, and Edward Waters College.