Dori Grinenko Baker describes herself as a spy for hope. She is particularly passionate about expanding the genre of stories, images, and artifacts for helping people find meaning and discover purpose. She is an educator, activist, and scholar focused on feminist theologies, young adult culture, leadership development and spiritual practices that sustain activism. She serves as Senior Fellow for the Forum for Theological Exploration (www.fteleaders.org) and is the co-founder of The Listening: Freedom School in Lynchburg VA (www.welcometothelistening.org) Baker’s first career as a journalist led to seminary, ordination, and a PhD in religious studies. Her scholarship centers religious formation in faith communities and emphasizes cultural studies, critical race theory, ethnography, and vocation.
Her most recent book is Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose, co-authored with colleagues at FTE, Stephen Lewis and Matthew Wesley Williams (Chalice Press, 2020). Among her other publications are: Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women (Pilgrim Press, 2005, 2020); The Barefoot Way: A Faith Guide for Youth, Young People and the Adults Who Walk with Them ( Westminster John Knox, 2012); and Greenhouses of Hope: Congregations that Grow Young Leaders Who Will Change The World (Alban, 2012)