Leah holds a PhD in Women’s Studies in Religion with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Her research interests include women in the Bible, women and gender in world religions, feminist theo(a)logies, and interfaith conversations. Her first book, The Absence of God in Biblical Rape Narratives (Fortress, 2017), considers the impact of rape culture on the interpretation of biblical rape narratives. Leah is the Director of Religious & Spiritual Life at Doane University, Crete, Nebraska. As director, Leah provides resources for students as they seek spiritual growth within their own religious/spiritual traditions, and encourages her campus community to strive for interfaith cooperation. Leah likes to say that learning about religions turns fear into empathy, and apathy into compassionate action.
Leah specializes in the following training opportunities for youth, young adults, and youth workers:
- General awareness
- Consent and Faith Communities
- Circle of Grace
- Positive discipline/positive parenting
- Sermon: Women in the Bible, Rape/Sexual Violence in the Bible
(To discuss your speaking/training needs and your ability to cover travel expenses and honorariums with the speaker/trainer, please contact info [at] dovesnest.net)