Karen Bloomquist

  • Dean and Chief Administrative Officer
  • (510) 559-2710

I am a constructive theologian/ethicist, pastor and administrator, committed to preparing the people of God to discern critically and work collaboratively with others to further God’s liberating mission in pluralistic, multi-faith contexts.  Given the global horizons within which I have been networking, teaching and writing over the past decade, I am eager to find ways in which my experience, expertise and perspectives might be drawn upon in the preparation of religious and other leaders in settings throughout the world.  Throughout my career, my passion has been relating to, analyzing and actively seeking to change situations of injustice and furthering God’s mission in the world.

Ph.D., Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
M.Div., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
B.A., Sociology and Religion, St. Olaf College

Professional History
Director, Department for Theology and Studies, Lutheran World Federation
Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Wartburg Theological Seminary
Director for Studies, Division for Church in Society, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Assistant Professor of Church and Society, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Pastor, Lutheran Church of St. Philip, Brooklyn, NY
Pastor, Faith American Lutheran Church, Oakland, CA

Select Publications
Editor of Lutheran World Federation study books from 2003 to 2010
Ekklesia in the Midst of Moral Outrage Today,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Spring 2012)
“In Forty years, What Has Changed…Or Not,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Winter 2010)
“Theological Education in Lutheran Churches” (co-author), in The Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity, ed. Dietrich Werner et al. (Oxford Center for Mission Studies, 2010)
Communio as a Basis for Moral Formation, Deliberation and Action,” in The Difficult but Indispensible Church, ed. Norma Cook Everist (Fortress, 2002)
“Tradition, Truth-Telling, Transforming,” in Lutheran Women in Ordained Ministry, 1970-1995, ed. Gloria E. Bengston (Augsburg, 1995)
The Dream Betrayed: Religious Challenge of the Working-Class (Fortress, 1990) – a popular re-write of Ph.D. dissertation