Thought Leader: Christena Cleveland
We had the opportunity to hear from Christena Cleveland at Cru15. We were
challenged as she spoke to us about God’s vision of unity. We encourage you to
check out the inspiring talk she gave at the Cru conference. You can watch the video
on our website.
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for overcoming
cultural divisions in groups. Drawing from a vast body of research, she uncovers the
underlying processes that affect relationships within and between groups and helps
leaders understand how to promote an appreciation for diversity and build effective
collaborations with diverse groups.
She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us
Apart, which earned a 2013 Leadership Journal Book Award. Christena is currently
writing her second book, The Priesthood of the Privileged, which examines power
and inequality in the Church.
Christena earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from the University of
California, Santa Barbara. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has
published numerous scholarly articles and is currently an Associate Professor of
Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.