Jamie Manson is a speaker, retreat leader, writer, and media commentator with a national profile on issues related to LGBTQ Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church. She is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter; her column, “Grace on the Margins,” addresses the plight of the poor, the future of the church, issues of gender identity and sexual orientation, and ways of finding God’s presence in our everyday lives. She is also the books editor of National Catholic Reporter. She is frequently called upon by the media to illuminate issues from a Catholic LGBTQ perspective, such as the two-column debate published by Commonweal magazine which paired a column by Ross Douthat, a conservative, and Catholic, New York Times columnist with one by Manson on “Catholicism & Same-Sex Marriage” in 2014.
Jamie received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, where she studied theology, spirituality, and sexual ethics. Jamie began her career as Director of Publications at Yale Divinity School where she relaunched the School’s magazine, Reflections, and served as its editor in chief.
Her experience includes serving as Director of Social Justice Ministries at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City, where she ministered to the needs of Manhattan’s poor and homeless population. As a lay minister, Jamie has worked extensively with New York City’s homeless and poor populations. She also served as the Pastoral Associate and Director of Faith Formation at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Manhattan.
Manson is the editor of the book Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, a collection of writings by Margaret Farley (Orbis, 2015). Her writing and activism have won numerous awards, including the 2015 Wilbur Award for Best Online Religion News Story, and most recently she was the recipient of the inaugural Theresa Kane Woman of Vision and Courage Award. from Women's Ordination Worldwide.
Jamie facilitated the first DignityUSA Young Adult Caucus retreat, is a lay presider for Dignity/New York, and has spoken at previous DignityUSA conferences.