Rev. Lis Valle-Ruiz


Rev. Lis Valle-Ruiz, 4th year PhD student in Homiletics and Liturgics at Vanderbilt University, focuses on embodiment and performance. After graduation, she hopes to educate leaders who, through preaching and worship, will engage in loving ways with their contexts. Challenged by a director of a shelter for survivors of domestic violence who stated that the “church is part of the problem,” Lis, a Puerto Rican ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), is committed to increase the ways in which the church is part of the solution. Her dissertation, Prophetic Performance as Preaching, examines the ways in which the church colludes with oppressive hetero/sexist systems through preaching performance and proposes liberationist practices for the delivery of sermons, challenging logocentrism, and showing congruence between content, form, and embodiment during the preaching moment. Theopoetics offers fertile ground for the development of such proposal! Lis has been teacher, workshop facilitator, actress, director, producer, lawyer, and is mother of two sons.