Rev. Lori WalkeThe High Heel Rev.
Rev. Lori Walke
Pastor | Advocate | Good Friend of Jon Chapman's
Rev. Lori Allen Walke, a native of the Bible Belt and raised a Baptist, preaches and teaches progressive Christianity with a Southern style. Now serving as the Associate Minister at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Lori was a scholarship athlete for Oklahoma State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science (2005) and graduate degree in Health Care Administration (2006). Passionate about social justice and the public good, she earned her juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2009 and passed the Oklahoma Bar exam the same year. Like many in the Millennial Generation, Lori was brought up as a conservative Christian and grew dissatisfied with traditional answers and expectations. After sifting through the good, the bad, and the ugly, she still felt an undeniable pull towards the Church and parish ministry. She earned her Masters of Divinity from Philips Theological Seminary (2011) and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2012. She is a member of the UCC’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative, a 20-year focus on energizing and sustaining younger, emerging UCC local church pastors. Lori lives in Oklahoma City with her philosophy-loving attorney spouse, Collin Walke, and their beloved mutt, Tenzin.
February 28, 2016
Join Lori at the Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene for a conversation about hospitality to the LGBTQ Community.
May 13, 2016
Lori will be part of a Spirituality Ethics Panel at the Oklahoma Children’s Behavioral Health Conference.
A Woman in the Pulpit
“Girls can be anything they want to be,” her parents said. Then the Church added, “Except clergy.” Gender inequality is but one place where the Church hasn’t been true to the Good News. It’s time for a makeover.
A Thirty-Something in the pulpit
The headlines are not encouraging. Survey after survey says that fewer people identify as Christian, worship attendance is down, and no one memorizes Bible verses anymore. But how bad is it? How do we stop worrying about the future of the Church and start working on the Church of the future?
A Politico in the Pulpit
Your mother always said, “keep your elbows off the table!”, much like the Church has always said, “Keep your politics out of the pulpit!” But is Christianity just about personal piety and playing politely? If that were so, surely Jesus would have been put to death some other way than crucifixion. How can congregations reclaim the political message of the Gospel without sinking into partisanship?