Laura is a longtime Pacific Northwest Lutheran coming back to Seattle after graduate theological studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she served as a chapel minister and emphasized art in her academic coursework and seminary life. An artist, athlete, and activist, she is excited to step into this role as administrator for the synod office.
Laura has been on the faculty at Holden Village and Grunewald Guild, also serving on the board for the latter, and enjoys teaching art related to faith-inspired social justice. Baptized as an infant in a tiny Lutheran church in Iowa, she’s been an active member in Lutheran churches in Bellingham and Kirkland over the past thirty years, embracing various roles from serving to teaching and lay leadership. A first-generation college grad (UW) who experienced food insecurity and other early-life challenges, she spent her early career as an audit CPA and assistant controller as well as a few years as an instructor at Seattle Central College.
As part of her art ministry and small business (www.lettersaloft.com), she has participated in the Institute for Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso and the Festival of Homiletics in various U.S. cities, sharing her weekly-created artistic designs for the lectionary texts. Her calligraphic art has appeared on protest signs when demonstrating in support of love in the form of justice for the marginalized, and her writing can be found in Augsburg Fortress’s Sundays and Seasons resource.
Trail running, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her two adult children give her great joy in life!
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