The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas


Leadership begins with creating an atmosphere and space where persons can bring their best selves and their gifts toward a shared vision. This is a space that should be defined by a commitment to respect the sacred dignity and worth of every individual and one that recognizes that no one person’s voice is more significant to the other.

- The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas

The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas was named Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at Union in September 2017.  She was named the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology in November 2019.  She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street.

Dean Douglas’ academic work has focused on womanist theology, sexuality and the Black church, and social justice.  Prior to Union, she served as Professor of Religion at Goucher College where she held the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion and is now Professor Emeritus.  Before Goucher, she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity (1987-2001) and Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College (1986-1987).

Dean Douglas is the author of many articles and books, including Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective and Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.  Her most recent book, Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter, will be published in October 2021.

Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Dean Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. 

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