Green Leaves

Dr. Liza J. Rankow is an interfaith minister, educator, activist, and writer. Her work centers the healing that is essential to personal and social transformation. Liza is the founder and former Executive Director of OneLife Institute, an organization that served for 17 years to support the wellbeing of frontline change-makers.

Liza has been a spiritual counselor and teacher for more than three decades. She is known for bringing compassion, creativity, and insight to the process of individual and community healing. Her academic work explores the powerful synergy between mysticism and social action. She draws great inspiration from the teachings of Dr. Howard Thurman and is producer and co-editor of the six-CD audio collection, The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman (Sounds True, 2010).

Previously, Liza practiced as a clinical PA in pediatric hematology-oncology at Duke Hospital. From there she moved into community health research and education, particularly related to LGBTQ+ issues. She worked as a trainer and consultant for medical professionals, state and federal agencies, and grassroots organizations in providing culturally competent care to diverse populations.

One of Liza’s most profound influences has been her journey with chronic life-threatening illness. It cultivated a spiritual wisdom within her that informs her work with others, and gave her life a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. Her intimacy with suffering allows her to engage the suffering of the world with a sacred tenderness.


Liza holds a B.A. in Human Development from Hampshire College, Bachelors and Masters degrees in Health Sciences from Duke University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Transformation from Union Institute & University.


Liza J. Rankow