Dr. Sharon Groves works at the intersection of faith, LGBTQ equality, and social justice. Throughout her career, she has been guided by the belief that no one should have to choose between who they are, who they love, and what they believe. Sharon is currently working with Faith and Public Life to forge new dialogues between evangelicals and the LGBTQ community and with the Religious Institute for Reproductive Choice to create a theological frame for reproductive justice. Sharon is the former Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, a post she held from 2005-2014. Through her leadership Groves oversaw breakthrough conversations with conservative and moderate religious leaders nationwide to advance dialogues around faith and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. She guided the mobilization of faith organizers in statewide advocacy work, including marriage efforts in Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland and Washington State. Groves has also overseen the development of many training tools and resources for advocacy efforts as well as efforts to increase understanding of LGBT family and friends from a faith perspective. Among such resources that she spearheaded are A La Familia, a bilingual guide for Latino/a families struggling with the Bible and LGBT family, and its accompanying film, Before God: We Are All Family and Triumphs Through Faith, a tool for faith leaders organizing for justice. She has also created a Summer Institute for Religious and Theological Study, which invests in the next-generation of LGBT and allied faith scholars.
Sharon served as editor and managing editor for Feminist Studies, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal at the University of Maryland. She received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Maryland in 2000 and has furthered her theological education through extensive coursework at Chicago Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She is an active lay member at her local congregation, All Souls Church in Washington, D.C.