The Rev. Elizabeth Leung began her position in November 2011 as the Minister for Racial Justice in the United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries.
Elizabeth brings a rich background of theological study and spiritual practice, social cultural analysis, program and resource development, and the ability to think and act strategically in response to emerging racial justice issues within the UCC and in society. She holds a MTS from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, Canada; a MPhil in Biblical Studies from the Chinese University in Hong Kong; and a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her ministry has called her to internships in the local church and hospital chaplaincy in multicultural settings, in addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA and UCC related Pacific School of Religion (PSR) in Berkeley, California.
Prior to joining the national setting, Elizabeth served as the Coordinating Minister for one of the Racial/Ethnic Roundtable project at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion at PSR. While her particular focus was on resources and research for Asian American and Pacific Islander faith communities, she expanded her inter-cultural exposure by working closely with African American and Latino and Latina colleagues in similar projects. Elizabeth not only has professional knowledge, but her intercultural and transnational personal life experiences contribute to her understanding of the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and other pressing justice issues.