Rev. Elisabeth Anne Garvin
Deacon, United Methodist Church, USA
Elisabeth (Lisa) Garvin is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. Lisa connects the church to the world through justice and compassion as the associate dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). She facilitates interreligious dialogue and cultivates multireligious community through Emory’s Interreligious Council (IRC) and Journeys of Reconciliation, and mentors seminarians interested in interreligious dialogue. She seeks to create space for authenticity and exploration – where students, faculty and staff come together for sacred encounters that nourish the soul and inspire faithful engagement in the world.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Millsaps College and a Master of Divinity from Emory University. She is currently pursuing a Juris Masters in Human Rights at Emory University School of Law. Emory University’s motto is “Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam” (The wise heart seeks knowledge) and Millsaps College’s motto is “Ad Excellentiam” (Toward excellence). Both of these mottos have shaped Lisa and continue to motivate and inspire her work.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Fellows
Students were equipped and supported to lead interreligious dialogue communities around campus. For more than 25 years, Emory’s Interreligious Council has provided space for interreligious dialogue and community for undergraduate students at Emory University. In our current configuration, we are limited in the number of students who can be involved. This project will equiped students to lead the interreligious dialogue and expand opportunities for Emory students, particularly undergraduates, to engage in interreligious dialogue and community.
Undergraduate students identified to develop and lead new opportunities for interreligious dialogue on campus. University chaplains trained students in religious literacy, interreligious dialogue, facilitation skills, etc., and provide support to students as they build and develop new communities. Through the new groups developed by these student facilitators, additional students now participate in the interreligious community.