This month we welcome our interns for the 2019 fall semester, Liddy Grantland and Shelley Leazer. As our Anita McLeod Interns, they will each work about 10 hours a week and will focus some of their attention on intergenerational issues.
Liddy Grantland is a senior undergraduate studying African American studies and English, with a minor in theater studies. She hails from Columbia, South Carolina, where she developed her love of peaches, fried okra, and southern literature. At Duke, she serves as one of the student pastors for the Duke Wesley Fellowship, volunteers in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room, researches women preachers and preachers of color in the Duke Chapel sermon archive, sings in the United in Praise gospel choir, and likes to read for fun when she should be reading for class. She is passionate about racial and gender justice, LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the UMC, disability visibility, and dessert. She thinks she might be a pastor or a social worker (or maybe both!) one day. She is so excited to be working with the Resource Center for Women in Ministry in the South this semester!
Liddy is writing a biweekly column in the Duke Chronicle. You can read her essays here: https://www.dukechronicle.com/staff/liddy-grantland
Shelley Leazer is a third-year student at Duke Divinity School pursuing her MDiv. She is from Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2016 majoring in English literature and sociology, with a minor in art history. While she merely tolerates being on Duke’s campus most of the year (and fully despises it during basketball season), she has found a home and a deep love for ministry with college students in Duke Wesley Fellowship as their pastoral intern. Ministry with all young folks seems to be in her calling–in her free time she coaches Girls on the Run for 3rd through 5th grade girls and teaches the Godly Play class for early elementary aged children with the Congregation of Duke Chapel. In whatever time she has left, she loves to do yoga, walk on the Al Buehler trail, and cuddle with her beloved cat Stevie. As she nears graduation, she is so grateful for the opportunity to explore her discernment and learn from the Resource Center this semester.