I feel blessed and honored to be joining the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore as your Interim Director of Religious Education, following my wonderful colleague and friend Becky Brooks. I look forward to getting you and serving this historic congregation.
Involved in religious education for more than 20 years, I have been a director of religious education, RE teacher, Our Whole Lives leader, youth adviser and RE Committee member. I am currently on the adjunct staff of the Joseph Priestley District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
I have served as interim director of religious education at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Md.; Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi. Md., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (MD) and my home congregation of Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bowie, Md.,
A low-residency student at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif., I hope to graduate this May. In my past lives, I have been a journalist, a college professor and a Montessori teacher. I hold mastersâ€™ degrees in International Relations (George Washington University) and Communications (American University) and a bachelorâ€™s in Journalism from Kent State University.
My husband, Ken Shilling, and I live in Glenn Dale, Md., and have a grown son, Kelson, who is lab research assistant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and grew up in Wheaton, Ill. and Lorain, Ohio.
If you haven’t had a chance to meet Karen yet, please introduce yourself before or after a Sunday service. And pay attention to this spot for information on how Karen is helping us in our religious education program. Welcome, Karen!