Rev. Elizabeth Durant ’13, Master of Divinity, received her ordination and was named assistant minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in September 2016.
A passionate preacher and dedicated advocate for racial justice, Elizabeth Durant is interested in pastoral care, liturgy and ritual that nurture spiritual transformation and social change.
A first-generation German immigrant, Elizabeth grew up with a strong sense of call to serve God and work for social justice. Raised in an independent evangelical church in Southern California that refused to ordain women, she struggled for years to find her place in a faith tradition that fit her calling. Elizabeth’s journeys took her through an undergraduate degree in politics, confirmation and lay ministry in the Episcopal Church, a career in software engineering, leadership in earth-based women’s ritual circles, and eventually, to the interfaith theological studies program at Marylhurst University.
In 2015, Elizabeth founded the Racial Justice Network to organize UCC churches in the region. She currently serves as co-chair of the Central Pacific Conference Justice & Witness Ministry Team. She is also a leader in the Portland chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice.
Elizabeth writes for the interfaith blog, State of Formation. Her academic work on racial justice, biblical interpretation and interfaith collaboration has led to presentations at regional and national American Academy of Religion conferences. She also co-led an interfaith women’s spirituality conference from 2009 to 2011, and edited and produced a collection of writing from the conference, titled Many Voices, One Vision, Much Joy: Words from Wisdom’s Feast.
Elizabeth Durant earned her Master of Divinity from Marylhurst University in 2013. Elizabeth and her wife, Sadie, reside in East Portland with their daughter, Ellie.