My name is Renee Roederer, and I am an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am the Director of the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County, a Community Chaplain, writer, itinerant preacher and speaker, and an organizer of new communities centered around belonging, spiritual formation, and service.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Louisville and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I’ve served three congregations as a Pastor and Campus Minister in Austin, Texas; Pasadena, California; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
These days, I am grateful to be working alongside others toward the creation of relationships within these communities:
Michigan Nones and Dones is a community for people who are spiritually curious and institutionally suspicious. I am the founding organizer of this Meetup Group which is exploring faith and spirituality through a community of friendships in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, and surrounding areas in Michigan. Participants include those who are religiously unaffiliated (the Nones), those who have left established forms of institutional churches (the Dones), and those who remain connected to particular faith traditions but seek new, emerging visions for their expression.
The Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County is a spiritually based alliance of people from across the spectrum of faith who come together to highlight our commonalities and explore issues with the potential to be divisive. Our intention is to lift up our beauty and illuminate places where there are misconceptions. Respect and understanding are central to our shared vision of healing a broken world. In safe places, through education, frank discussion, and shared practices, we seek to build sustainable bridges. The harmonious culture we seek is one that is inclusive and deeply appreciative of spiritual traditions.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Our 2020 Challenge of the Year is “Combating Isolation.” I work alongside a dedicated staff team that seeks to build community and increase social links of support among people living with epilepsy.
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about my work within these communities as well as Community Chaplaincy on the University of Michigan campus. If you would like to connect with me as a speaker or workshop leader for retreats or conferences, please visit my Speaking Page.