Biography for ---Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory
The Reverend Elenora Giddings Ivory has served as pastor and Moderator of session at the Gloucester Memorial Presbyterian Church, in the Roxbury section of Boston early in her ministry. Reverend Ivory was a member of the Presbyterian Mission Council of the Synod of the Northeast. She was a counselor to black students at Harvard Divinity School and team-taught a practicum course called "Training Women in Ministry" at Andover Newton Theological School. While in Boston, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Religion and Law.
The Reverend Elenora Giddings Ivory has now returned to the United States from the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland where she served as the director of both its Commission on International Affairs as well as the Director of the ministry unit called, Public Witness: Addressing Power and Affirming Peace (2007-2009). This meant oversight of staff and issues of peace; human rights; Middle East advocacy; economic justice and climate change.
The Reverend Elenora Giddings Ivory had previously been the director of the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from 1989 through 2007. The Washington Office is the public policy information and advocacy office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Reverend Ivory's responsibilities included, among others, civil rights and religious liberties issues. She represented the PC (USA) on the board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She had served on the board of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and on task forces of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. As well as having served as Vice President of the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCCUSA), and as Chair of the Council's National Ministry's Unit. Reverend Ivory was a member of the NCCC's Committee on Religious Liberty. In her capacity as Director of the Washington Office, Reverend Ivory spoke at the White House ceremony for the signing of the Debt Relief bill during the Clinton Administration and attended the 2001 World Conference Against Racism as an NGO delegate for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Reverend Ivory was formerly the Associate for Mission and Ecumenical Affairs of National Capital Presbytery. While there, she represented the presbytery on the Interfaith Conference of Greater Washington (D.C.). After leaving the Presbytery staff, she served on its Committee on Ministry.
Reverend Ivory served as the chair of the PC (USA) General Assembly Mission Council's Committee on Social Witness Policy from 1987 to 1989. Prior to becoming a staff member, she had been on several other General Assembly Committees addressing the issues of equal opportunity for women and people of color. The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Council is charged with carrying out General Assembly decisions.
Reverend Ivory served as the Associate Director for Public Policy of the New York State Council of Churches. In that capacity, she carried responsibilities at the 1980 White House Conference on Families as a delegate appointed by former New York State Governor, Hugh Carey.