Dr. Anne-Marie Ellithorpe
Parent, pastor, and practical theologian, Anne-Marie is originally from New Zealand, where she worked as a teacher and educational consultant. Anne-Marie completed a PhD through the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is a Research Associate at Vancouver School of Theology, co-chair of the Religious Reflections on Friendship seminar unit of the American Academy of Religion, co-convenor of the Pacific Section of the Society for Christian Ethics, and author of Towards Friendship-Shaped Communities: A Practical Theology of Friendship (Wiley, 2022). Anne-Marie argues that friendship is not a trivial relationship, but rather a relationship of ethical significance, with public, political, and spiritual dimensions, inherent to human flourishing and integral to truly just and hospitable communities.