Jamie Manson is a columnist and books editor at the National Catholic Reporter. She is a three-time winner of the Religion News Writers Association's (RNA) award for Commentary of the Year and has garnered over a dozen Catholic Press Association awards for her work at NCR. She also won the 2015 Wilbur Award for Best Online Religion News Story for her piece "Feminism in Faith" about St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, written for Buzzfeed. Her activism on behalf of women and LGBTQ people earned her the Theresa Kane Award for Women of Vision and Courage from Women’s Ordination Worldwide in 2015. She is editor of Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, a collection of writings by Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley (Orbis, 2015). She received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics.

Jamie travels around the country as a speaker, retreat leader and media commentator on issues related to women and LGBTQ Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church.

Jamie began her career as director of publications at Yale Divinity School where she created an entirely new publications program and photo archive, and re-launched the School’s magazine, Reflections, serving as its editor in chief for five years. She also served as pastoral associate and director of faith formation at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Manhattan and later as director of social justice ministries at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in Manhattan where she ministered full time to the needs of the City's poor and homeless populations.

Follow her on Twitter @jamielmanson 



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Looking back and moving forward

Grace on the Margins: Twelve years ago, I wrote my first column in NCR. As I move on to a new position in activism, I'm grateful for my devoted readers through those years.


Catholic women still don't have suffrage in their church

Grace on the Margins: The arguments used against suffrage 100 years ago sound eerily similar to the Catholic hierarchy's justifications for barring women's decision-making power and women's ordination.


AOC embraces reproductive justice, and other Catholics should, too

Grace on the Margins: Twenty-six years ago, a coalition of Black women developed a comprehensive ethic of care that includes the right to abortion. It has some striking overlaps with parts of Catholic social teaching.


Progressive millennials offer the church much hope and promise

Grace on the Margins: For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World, is an inspiring answer to the question I have been getting for over a decade: Why aren't young people interested in the church?