Kelly  Figueroa-Ray


Kelly West Figueroa-Ray is a Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia in the Department of Religious Studies; her degree program is Comparative Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice. She is focusing on the relationship between scripture and theology as it is lived out in communities of faith with a particular interest in multicultural Christian ministries. She works as the Assistant Director of the Project on Lived Theology ( and developed the Project's on-line digital archive: The Civil Rights Movement as Theological Drama ( She is a columnist for Huffington Post Religion and the State of Formation. She earned a BA in Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and graduated magna cum laude from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. earning a M.Div. in 2004. Her essay "'Lady, Give Me a Drink': Reading Scripture, Shaping Community Development" was published in Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John Perkins edited by Peter Slade, Charles Marsh and Peter Heltzel (University Press of Mississippi, 2013).

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