Rev. Lis Valle-Ruiz, originally from Puerto Rico, earned her PhD in Homiletics and Liturgics from Vanderbilt University, where she also studied gender and sexuality. Rev. Valle has served as Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Lux Summer Youth Institute in Monmouth College, IL, has provided worship and chaplaincy leadership in interdenominational gatherings, and possesses a background as both an actor and a lawyer. Rev. Valle received a ThM in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary and an MDiv from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She also holds a JD from the University of Puerto Rico. With a BA in Education with an emphasis in Theater, Valle has continued to combine her study of theology and passion for justice with her work as an actress and an artistic director. Rev. Valle is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and the ARC Creative Collaborative for Theopoetics, among other professional organizations. She has been a fellow with the Forum for Theological Exploration and the Hispanic Theological Initiative. Lis has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2013 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship and Director of Community Worship Life at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
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