Lia Claire Scholl believes in the power of real relationships. Whether it’s congregational care, working with individuals in the sex industry, or doing cross-religious and cross-cultural dialogue, she feels that deep relationships help us know ourselves better, provide real economic and spiritual benefits, and chase away rainy days.
Lia has been the pastor of the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship for just over 6 years. RMF is a small community committed to justice, and working towards peace.
In addition to congregational work, Lia has ministered with women in sex work for nearly 12 years. She’s a sex work and harm reduction activist, and believes that people should have choices about their lives. She has written a book about that work called I Heart Sex Workers, which forthcoming from Chalice Press.
Lia received her Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Her favorite place in the whole world is anywhere she’s running, and she completed her first half marathon on April 29, 2012, a little under a year from when she started running.