Dr. Sharon Groves

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Unitarian Universalist
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Dr. Sharon Groves has taken a one-year leave from the Auburn Senior Fellows to join the Auburn Seminary staff as Vice President for Public Engagement to help further several key initiatives. She will rejoin the Auburn Senior Fellows leadership cohort in August 2016.

Dr. Sharon Groves is a faith organizer and strategist working at the intersection of faith, LGBTQ equality, and social justice. She specializes in breaking down cultural barriers to justice between those often seen as on opposing sides of the "culture wars." Sharon is the former Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, where she worked from Sept. 2005-Jan. 2014. Through her leadership, Groves doubled the Religion and Faith Program staff around a vision of intersectional justice, built a five-year scholarship and mentorship program for LGBTQ and allied theologians and religious scholars, oversaw breakthrough conversations with conservative and moderate religious leaders nationwide to advance dialogues around faith and LGBT equality, and guided the mobilization of faith organizers in statewide advocacy work — including marriage efforts in Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland and Washington State.

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