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Director, Religion and Faith Program

Department: Public Education and Outreach

Sharon Groves

Sharon Groves

Dr. Sharon Groves is the Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign. The program is working to create a world where nobody is forced to choose between who they are or who they love and what they believe. Through her work, Groves engages extensively with religious leaders nationwide to advance dialogues around faith and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. She has guided the mobilization of faith organizers in statewide advocacy work, including marriage efforts in Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland and Washington State. Groves has also overseen the development of many training tools and resources for advocacy efforts as well as efforts to increase understanding of LGBT family and friends from a faith perspective. Most recently, these resources include A La Familia, a bilingual guide for Latino/a families struggling with the Bible and LGBT family, and its accompanying film, Before God: We Are All Family and Triumphs Through Faith, a tool for faith leaders organizing for justice. She has also created a Summer Institute for Religious and Theological Study, which invests in the next-generation of LGBT and allied faith scholars. Prior to joining HRC, Sharon served as editor and managing editor for Feminist Studies, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal housed at the University of Maryland.

Sharon received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Maryland in 2000 and has furthered her theological education through extensive course work at Chicago Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She is an active lay member at her local congregation, All Souls Church in Washington, D.C.