Rev. Waltrina Middleton
THE REVEREND DR. WALTRINA N. MIDDLETON fosters ecumenical and interfaith partnerships and dialogues engaging communities domestically and internationally. Former Associate Dean of the Howard University Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, she organized a student encounter in Charlottesville, VA centering dialogue on cultural heritage and racialized violence, and expanded the university’s Alternative Spring Break experience to include the Lumbee Nation (Water Justice and Human Rights) and the Middle East (Apartheid and Militarized Occupation).
Maintaining a commitment to human rights advocacy and social justice activism, Middleton is founder and organizer of Walk on Water Global Ministries, Diaspora Dialogues and Cleveland Action; the latter organization traveled with the World Council of Churches to bear witness at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on police brutality and state sanctioned violence. Her advocacy work also addresses systemic cultures of violence and racism against marginalized communities around the world.
A passionate preacher and keynote, she has addressed the World Council of Churches Forum on Peace and Justice in Trondheim, Norway and the National Council of Churches, among others. A former minister at Trinity United Church of Christ, she served denominationally for six years as National Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation and Program Director for the National Youth Event.
A Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Fellowship Scholar and William “Bill” Lucy Social Justice and Globalization Fellow, Middleton holds a Masters of Divinity (Chicago Theological Seminary).
She is a griot poet, activist, vocalist, social critic, community organizer and healer committed to actualizing the vision of a Beloved community.Back to Who We Are What we do