The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford, Esquire, is a practical theologian and Episcopal priest, native to Detroit, Michigan. Her dissertation, Christian Progressive Political Theology: Acting on the Word for Immigration Reform, identifies the Call of Moses, and the Emmaus story as foundational to public or political Christian Theology. It includes a comprehensive examination of the role of racialization, lynching and the systemic denigration of the black and brown body. This deplorable history works as a habitual motivator for contemporary discrimination and exploitation, fueling the American economy, as dictated by American civil religion and White religious nationalism.
Ledford worked as a civil rights attorney for over 30 years, including as an ACLU co-operating attorney on constitutional matters, prior to her ordination. She advocates for the administration of the sacraments (Holy Eucharist, Baptism, and Holy Unction) and public pious practices (like stations of the cross and asperges) to empower progressive Christian political theology in the public square. Ledford exhorts progressive Christians to exercise their First Amendment guarantees, as part of a collective interfaith voice, calling for more compassionate approaches to our social crises. She is an award-winning documentary photographer and specializes in fine art portraiture, and she has completed Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) community organizing training.