Unraveling Religious Leadership: Power, Authority, and Decoloniality

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5.3 X 11.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi is assistant professor of leadership and formation and faculty director of the Office of Professional Formation at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where she also co-directs the Doctor of Ministry in Prophetic Leadership and coordinates the Certificate in Latinx Studies for the Iliff/University of Denver Joint PhD in the Study of Religion. Lizardy-Hajbi teaches, writes, and engages in public leadership as a scholar of leadership, congregational community formation and change, contextual education, and applied research methods. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.


Regarding colonialism and decoloniality, historically perhaps one of the most ambiguous figures is the Christian religious leader. Like a skilled seamstress, Latina theologian Lizardy-Hajbi carefully examines this leadership function in terms of personhood, roles, authority, expertise, and change in the context of postcolonial North America, pulling out several threads of the fabric of colonialism and relinking strands into a quilt of many colors. Unraveling Religious Leadership is a must-read for all leaders in these politically and religiously turbulent times. --Emmanuel Y. Lartey, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Care, Emory University; bishop, North America Mission Diocese, Methodist Church, Ghana

Leadership formation in the West is a colonial enterprise, and Dr. Lizardy-Hajbi kept the receipts! Unraveling Religious Leadership provides a necessary decolonial intervention in the Christian leadership field, and one that pastors and religious leaders should pay attention to. --Patrick B. Reyes, dean, Auburn Theological Seminary

Whether or not readers entirely agree with the various approaches and challenges to colonial realities presented in this book, they will come away with a clearer sense of why faith communities will hardly make a difference without a thorough sense of their accommodation to the dominant status quo. One of the striking insights of this book is how even progressive efforts to promote social justice fail without a deeper understanding of our colonial-turned-capitalist predicament. --Joerg Rieger, distinguished professor of theology, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Colonialism breeds a persistent sense of normativity and power dominance. As a result, topics like leadership always tend to be framed around the colonial center. Whether leadership is configured around business, politics, church, or nonprofit enterprises, leadership is culturally bounded and limited in its creative scope. In Unraveling Religious Leadership: Power, Authority, and Decoloniality, Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi has given us new ways of imagining the topic, built around a decolonizing vision. --Tink Tinker, professor emeritus of Indian Studies, Iliff School of Theology