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Elizabeth Simson DurantRev. Elizabeth Durant, M.Div., is passionate about the ways spirituality can nurture and sustain us in the justice-seeking life. She currently serves as Assistant Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland, Oregon.

An active member of the Portland chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, Elizabeth leads the Central Pacific Conference’s Racial Justice Network and serves as co-chair of the CPC Justice & Witness Ministry Team. Elizabeth writes for the interfaith blog, State of Formation, and 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 holds a Master of Divinity degree from Marylhurst University, where she graduated in 2013.

Supporting all people in naming the Holy for themselves, Elizabeth is especially passionate about the ways feminine words and images function to connect us to the Mystery. She 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. The former Poetry Editor for Gertrude Press, a LGBTQ literary press in Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth’s publication credits include over two dozen literary journals and anthologies and a chapbook.

Elizabeth and her wife Sadie have one daughter, Ellie, and make their home in East Portland. When not enjoying the discoveries of early childhood (building homes for ladybugs, splashing in puddles & helping Rey (and Elsa!) pilot the Millennium Falcon), they like to do logic puzzles, walk on the beach, and camp under the stars.