Jamie L. Manson is a nationally sought-after speaker, retreat leader, and media commentator on issues related to LGBT Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church.
She received her Master of Divinity degree magna cum laude from Yale Divinity School where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics. Her weekly column, Grace on the Margins, appears in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). Her writing has won numerous awards, most recently second place for Commentary of the Year (2012) from the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA).
In addition to NCR, Jamie’s work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Religion Dispatches, and her media appearances include NPR, Huffington Post Live, the Regional News Network, MSNBC, and Fox News.
In January 2011, her essay on St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, was highlighted by Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times op-ed column. In November 2011, Jamie was a keynote speaker at the national Call to Action conference. In August 2012, she addressed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) as they contemplated their response to the Vatican’s crackdown on their ministries and meetings.
Jamie is the former editor in chief of the Yale magazine Reflections. As a lay minister, she has served two Manhattan churches in the roles of director of faith formation and as director of social justice ministries. In both churches she worked extensively with New York City’s homeless and poor populations.
A frequent speaker and retreat leader, Jamie has served as a homilist for the New York City chapter of DignityUSA and on the board of the Women’s Ordination Conference.