The Rev. Brandon Harris

Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA)
Organization: University of Southern California (USC)

The Reverend Brandon Harris is the Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life at the University of Southern California. He previously served as the 10th Settled Senior Minister of the 132 year old Peoples Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Washington D.C. Additionally, from 2019 to 2022 he served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Georgetown University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Prior to his ministry at Peoples Church, he served as the Protestant Chaplain to the Law Center and Main Campus and Protestant Chaplain to the Main Campus at Georgetown University. A proud graduate of our nation's first historically black college, The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion. He earned a Masters of Divinity and certificates in Black Church Studies and Baptist Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Candler, he was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow in Theology and Ministry and a recipient of the Frederick Buechner Preaching Award and the Charles Owen Smith Jr. Award for the exceptional promise of service in Baptist Ministry. He is currently completing his Doctor of Ministry at the New York Theological Seminary in the inaugural Doctor of Ministry in Social Justice Cohort.

Committed to ecumenical and interfaith engagement he was ordained at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds standing in the American Baptist Churches USA. He was a Fellow of the Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World sponsored by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a State of Formation Fellow of Hebrew College and Boston University, and a member of the Mayor’s Interfaith Council in Washington D.C. He previously served a term as Board Chair of the Alumni Association of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington D.C. He is currently a member of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University Alumni Board and The Board of Councilors at the Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club of USC.

A proud native upstate New Yorker, he loves all things fall, exercising, being near water, coffee, reading, and exploring cities.

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Anybody But Me

Tuesday January 16, 2024
Audre Lorde reminds us that anger does not destroy; hate does. Anger provides energy so we may engage in analysis and protest, survival and justice. In today’s text Jonah marches through the city proclaiming repentance. Could it be that Jonah stands in a long prophetic tradition? That anger, when it is not rage but righteousness, can be a creative harness to declare a vision of what God intends for the world. That God’s call to the most unlikely of places is both for our transformation and the transformation of the world. God often uses those on the margins to speak truth to power. God has sent Jonah right into the midst of the empire to declare a word from the Lord. God has used prophets throughout history to speak God’s words of truth in the midst of