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Sojourners Director of Mobilizing, Ms. Harper was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice, an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. Her writing has been featured in The National Civic Review, God’s Politics blog, The Huffington Post, Urban Faith, Prism, and Slant33 where she has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial justice, and transformational civic engagement.

Ms. Harper’s faith-rooted approach to advocacy and organizing has activated people of faith across the U.S. and around the world to address structural and political injustice as an outward demonstration of their personal faith.
Having earned her masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University in New York City, Ms. Harper's forthcoming book, Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics, was co-written with D.C. Innes (an evangelical Republican who is also a Tea-Partier). Harper and Innes explore their philosophies of government and business as well as six major issues the next generations of evangelicals must wrestle with to be faithful witnesses in the public square. (Forthcoming October 2011)

Ms. Harper’s first book, Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat, offers a power-packed look at the roots of evangelical faith, how Evangelicals strayed so far from those roots, and what is bringing them back.

Ms. Harper co-founded and co-directed the Envision 2008: The Gospel, Politics, and the Future conference on the campus of Princeton University (June 2008) and co-chaired the Envision 2011: Caring for the Community of Creation: Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Prophetic Witness symposium in New York City (June 2011). She was the recipient of Sojourners’ inaugural Organizers Award and the Harlem “Sisters of Wisdom” Award.  She was celebrated on Rick Warren’s website as one of the site’s inaugural seven “Take Action Heroes.” 
Ms. Harper serves on the board of directors of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, is a cofounder of the National Faith and Justice Network and is a member of Metro Hope Church in New York City (an Evangelical Covenant Church).

Entries by Lisa Sharon Harper

Selma: We Are, Because You Were

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 11:07 AM

In the first moments of Selma, I feel butterflies rise in my stomach as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) practices his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize speech while trying to tie his ascot. Butterflies rumble in my soul. I am almost fearful as we step into the...

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Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Black-ish, the new ABC sitcom created by Kenya Barris, really is one of the funniest shows on TV this season. I laughed my head off watching a marathon run of the first four episodes on demand. Now it's set to record each week on DVR. One of the...

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Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 12:38 PM

There comes a time in every society when it must face its shadow side -- and deal with it.

Societies have myths, legends, and superheroes that lay the foundations for national identity, reinforce beliefs about the self and the other, and shape nations' collective memory. They exist to make us...

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Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, and Forgiveness

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:26 PM

I almost felt sorry for Donald Sterling when I listened to the original recording of an alleged argument between him and his ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano, released by TMZ Sports on Saturday. The argument centers around Stivianio's friendship with black and Hispanic people. The desperation in Sterling's alleged voice...

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Immigration, Resurrection, and the Battle for the American Soul

(11) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 3:37 PM

In 1853, no one could have imagined that the end of slavery in the United States was just 10 years away. Since the 1660s, race-based slavery had upheld the economic base of both the northern and southern colonies and subsequently the United States. The South's agricultural way of life had...

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The Criminality of Blackness

(6) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:51 AM

There is a moment in John Steinbeck's classic, East of Eden, when readers witness the transformation of a stereotype into a human being.

Set in Salinas Valley, California, around the turn of the 20th century, Samuel Hamilton picks up Lee, his friend's Chinese servant. Lee wears a queue and speaks...

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The Power of Fasting

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Do you believe in the spiritual realm? I mean really believe; not in your head -- in your disciplines?

Do you believe that spiritual power can alter, transform, or even redeem social, institutional, structural and even legislative power?

I've been thinking a lot about this lately. I'm not sure I...

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The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

(38) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:44 PM

I once spoke to a writing class at a respected evangelical university on the Good Samaritan, a basic message about God's call to love everyone. In the course of my hour-long lecture, I mentioned the word "slavery" once. One time.

That one mention was met with this one question during...

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50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 11:54 AM

There were several marches in the city of Washington before the March on Washington of 1963.

The first was the 1894 march of Coxey's Army -- a march by unemployed workers at the height of what was then the worst economic depressions in U.S. history.

There was the...

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The Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow

(15) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 10:01 AM

The acquittal of a person who is not black for the killing or beating of a black person is nothing new: Remember Yusef Hawkins. Remember Rodney King. Remember Amadu Diallo. Remember Alex Moore. Remember Latasha Harlins. Remember Sean...

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A Call to Transform Politics

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 8:42 AM

Someone asked me recently what I thought of something "as a member of the Christian Left." My insides tightened and screeched into a ball. It was as if Freddy Krueger had run his sharpened fingernails across the black board in history class. Christian Left? Left of what? When did I...

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Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 7:06 AM

Back in the day, there was a television show called "To Tell The Truth." A panel of four celebrities would try to guess which one of three characters was telling the truth about their identity. One central character and two imposters each spun stories to convince the celebrities she was...

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Health Care and Judgement Day, Revisited

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 12:23 PM

By March 18, 2010, the American health care debate had reached its fever pitch as our Congress stood poised to pass or reject one of the most consequential pieces of legislation to trudge through its halls since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights act of 1965.

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Christian Views on Social Issues: Abortion

(157) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 10:04 AM

Editor's Note: HuffPost Religion is running a series of posts by Lisa Sharon Harper and David Innes on how Christians should view social issues. This issue here is abortion

Left, Right and Christian: Mississippi's Family Values
By Lisa Sharon Harper

The pro-life movement catapulted to prominence...

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Is The American Dream God's Dream?

(15) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 7:22 AM

Editor's Note: HuffPost Religion is running a series of posts by Lisa Sharon Harper and David Innes on how Christians should view social issues based on their book Left, Right, Christ. The second issue is: 'Is The American Dream God's dream?

Is The American...

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Christian Views On Social Issues: Occupy Wall Street

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 11:10 AM

Editor's Note: HuffPost Religion is running a series of posts by Lisa Sharon Harper and David Innes on how Christians should view social issues. The first issue is Occupy Wall Street.

Left, Right and Christ: Believers Occupy Wall Street
By Lisa Sharon Harper

Last week,...

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#OccupyWallStreet: What They Want (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 5:06 PM

On the same day as the NYC book launch of "Left, Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics," I visited Zuccotti Park with Jim Wallis and Tim King. We interviewed several participants in the #OccupyWallStreet encampment.

Meet Drew! He answered an ad in early August for the Occupy...

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Our National Dark Night Of the Soul

(14) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 6:00 PM

They say at some point in their lives great leaders experience a "dark night of the soul," or a period in life when "your feet, knees, and face scrape and stick to the proverbial bottom." It is a time when even your soul feels forsaken. Ultimately, the dark...

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By Any Other Name: Campus Crusade For Christ Becomes Cru

(21) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 1:43 PM

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say...garlic?) might get more play.

On July 19th, Campus Crusade for Christ announced its plan to officially change its name to Cru in early 2012.

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The Ryan Plan: A Declaration of War on the Poor

(26) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 3:38 PM

I've been fasting for 17 days in solidarity with the hunger fast for a moral budget because something incredible is happening in our country, and we haven't seen anything like it in 30 years. When introduced on February 11, H.R. 1, the FY2011 spending bill approved by the...

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