Green Leaves

Dr. Liza J. Rankow is an interfaith minister, educator, activist, and writer. Her work centers the personal and collective healing that is essential to authentic justice and social transformation. Liza is the founder and former Executive Director of OneLife Institute, a BIPOC-centered community organization serving at the intersection of spirituality and social action.

Liza has provided spiritual counseling and offered classes and workshops in spiritual development for over 30 years. She is known for bringing compassion, creativity, and insight to the process of individual and cultural healing and transformation. Her academic work explores the powerful synergy between mysticism and social change. Liza 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).


In her previous professional life, Liza practiced as a PA in pediatric hematology-oncology at Duke Hospital, and from there moved into community health research and education, particularly related to LGBTQ+ issues. She worked as a trainer and consultant for medical professionals, Department of Health and Human Services agencies, and community based organizations in the provision of culturally competent care to diverse populations, and developed extensive resources for community and professional education.

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