Laurie Lyter Bright


Rev. Dr. Laurie Lyter Bright (she/her) is a serving pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a partner-scholar with the Shiloh Project of Sheffield University, UK. She completed her PhD in education, equity, and transformation through Colorado State University in 2021, with a dissertation focusing on the intersection of religion and rape culture while examining the pedagogical practices of mainline Christian denominations. Her first book, Vagabonding: In Defense and Praise of Millennial Faith, came out in 2018, and her second, Digital Prophets: Me Too and Black Lives Matter, will come out fall 2024. Her current research explores the concepts of justice, evangelism, and philanthropy that comprise understandings of “mission” in mainline churches. She lives in Wisconsin on a small farm with her husband, two wild children, her goats (Laverne and Shirley), 11 chickens, and a dog.


PhD, Education, Colorado State University, 2021
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary, 2009
BA, English Literature, University of Illinois, 2005

Scholarship and Writing

“Woman in a Man’s Pulpit,” Journal of Feminist Theology, 2018
Vagabonding: In Defense and Praise of Millennial Faith (book), Wipf and Stock, 2018
“The Rebellious Mary and the Role of Consent,” Unbound, 2022
Do Justice (curriculum), Presbyterian Publishing, 2022
Digital Prophets: Me Too and Black Lives Matter, accepted for publication with Routledge Press, 2024

Research Interests

  • Gender and religion
  • Social justice and movements
  • The intersection of spiritual praxis and justice orientation/action
  • Intersectional feminist critique
  • Gender-based violence