Lesley Orr is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh. She is a historian, theologian and activist for gender and social justice. Her current research interests (all with a focus on 20th century Scotland) include war resistance and peace movements, the history of Women’s Aid, and the historical relationship between faith and feminism. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Peace. She has extensive experience of work in NGOs and the public sector, including the Scottish Government. Lesley has had longstanding involvement in the ecumenical movement, particularly in relation to challenging gender inequality, violence and abuse in faith communities and wider society. Along with Prof Duncan Forrester, she was a Church of Scotland delegate at the sixth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1983, and knew Duncan well as his student, colleague and friend. Under CTPI auspices, she coordinated an action-research project: Out of the Shadows: Christianity and Violence Against Women in Scotland (1995-97). She was consultant to the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010. Lesley is engaged in initiatives for active citizenship in Scotland and is co-convener of the Common Weal think tank. She is a member of the Iona Community.
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