Korie Edwards

Dr. Korie L. Edwards

Associate Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University

Dr. Korie L. Edwards is a leading scholar of race and religion in the United States.  Ultimately, what drives Dr. Edwards' scholarly agenda is her passion about and commitment to matters of racial justice and diversity in the church.  Toward this end, she has written several books and articles on multiracial religious organizations.  These include The Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches (author, Oxford University Press); Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations (co-author, New York University Press); and "Much Ado About Nothing: Rethinking the Efficacy of Multiracial Churches for Racial Reconciliation," which appears in the edited volume Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith (author, Oxford University Press).  Her recent scholarly agenda focuses on matters related to race and religious leadership.  She is developing a book on contemporary African American religious leaders and their engagement in civic and political activity.  And she is currently conducting a national study of multiracial church pastors called The Religious Leadership and Diversity Project (RLDP).  
The purpose of the Kainos 2015 is to gather leaders who either seek to start multi-ethnic ministries or churches, or who aspire to transition their current homogenous ministries into a multi-ethnic trajectory.

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