Dan Davis

Ruth Everhart

Memoir, Theology

Ruth Everhart is an author, speaker and Presbyterian pastor whose writing explores the hidden ways religious belief shapes our thinking about the lives of women. In her book The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct (2020), Everhart weaves together contemporary stories and ancient scripture to call the church to lament, repent, and build a community of equality and justice. She has addressed this topic in award-winning cover stories for The Christian Century, an essay in Sojourners, and an op-ed in The Washington Post. Everhart is also the author of two spiritual memoirs. Her first book, Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land, chronicles a transformative two-week pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine. Her second book, Ruined, tells her story of sexual assault and was named 2017 Book of the Year by Christianity Today Women. Since her ordination in 1990, she has served PCUSA churches in New York, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

Festival Years: 2014, 2018