Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson currently serves as the Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the National Ministries of the United Church of Christ. She is an inspiring preacher and teacher, and a prolific writer who shares her skills and gifts in a variety of settings nationally and internationally.
In her work with the UCC, she is responsible for nurturing and coordinating the ecumenical work through involvement with the UCC’s relationships, partnerships, councils of churches, theological dialogues and ecumenical initiatives. Her ministry is informed by her passion for racial justice and the elimination of racism. She is a strong proponent of human rights and provides leadership for the joint United Church of Canada and United Church of Christ committee working on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
Prior to accepting the role as Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, she was the Minister for Racial Justice with Justice and Witness Ministries of the UCC. Before joining the national staff, Karen Georgia served in the Florida Conference United Church of Christ as a Pastor and on the Conference staff. The dismantling of all forms of discrimination are a focal point of her call to ministry.
Her commitment to justice is evident in her poetry and writing. Themes of racial equity, challenges for people of color and contemporary forms of racial injustice are evident in her writing. Her poems have been featured in a variety of journals and magazines, and is often a part of the framing for the speeches she delivers globally.
Karen Georgia earned a BA from Brooklyn College in New York, a Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She earned her Doctorate in Ministry at Seattle University.