Press Release – Institute for 

Religion, Politics & Culture


October 19, 2020


Interfaith Leader Reverend Amanda Henderson to Serve as its Director

DENVER, CO. – The Iliff School of Theology today is pleased to announce the creation of the Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture. In addition to conducting research on the way public policy and legislative initiatives are shaped by religion, the Institute will provide programming and consulting to legislators, policy advocates, and the public. The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is providing funding for the creation of the Institute.

Iliff welcomes Rev. Amanda Henderson as the Institute’s Director, effective January 1, 2021. Henderson has been the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado for six years. Under her leadership, the Interfaith Alliance Colorado has become one of the most effective advocacy groups in Colorado and nationally.

“Amanda Henderson has an impressive track record of resourcing political leaders and change makers in Colorado,” said Iliff President Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe. “Her work aligns perfectly with Iliff’s historic commitment to social justice and deep research on religion. The Institute allows Iliff and Amanda to extend the influence of our important work together. We are thrilled to have her lead this new initiative at Iliff.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to engage in work that gets to the deeper level narratives that shape our political lives. After years of engaging in political and advocacy work, I see the real need to build new understanding if we are to effect lasting social change,” said Henderson.

About Iliff

Founded in 1892, the Iliff School of Theology is an independent, graduate school that is recognized nationally and internationally for its emphasis on justice, diversity, and ethics. Ranked in the top 10 theological schools engaged in multi-faith education by the Auburn Theological Seminary, Iliff offers programs that educate and develop leaders with courageous theological imagination. Located in Denver, Colorado, Iliff offers a progressive and diverse community that is supportive, inclusive, and enriching for students. For more information, visit: