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CEIE Welcomes New Assistant Director – Rev. Dr. Kara Markell


The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement (CEIE) at Seattle University enthusiastically welcomes the Rev. Dr. Kara Markell as its first Assistant Director to the team, as CEIE enters its third year of life in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Rev. Dr. Markell is a gifted educator and public teaching theologian dedicated to creating spiritually grounded and academically enriching opportunities within the many stages of faith formation. Kara earned her Doctor of Ministry degree steeped in the Ignatian tradition from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry with a focus on discerning the linkages between congregational identity and the capacity for communities to adapt in a quickly changing religious world. Her theological roots are nourished by feminist and liberation studies, ecumenical and inter-spiritual exploration, Celtic Christianity and Eco-Spirituality. She seeks opportunities to learn from wisdom traditions, gaining new fluencies in religious literacy and interreligious connections.

Today, Kara’s research and writing in adaptive leadership explore the wild edges of religious expression and the intersectional nature of adaptive change. Kara earned her Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She leaves a position as senior pastor in her community and continues to serve on several regional and national boards and committees. Kara is a life-long educator, earning her BS in Teaching from Minnesota State University and a Master of Music from the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri – Kansas City.

As an educator, Kara excels in curriculum development and implementation. She is a gifted mentor who delights in nurturing future leaders. As a systems-thinker she brings creativity, curiosity and skill to developing and implementing learning opportunities, spiritual gatherings, liturgical resources, retreats and academic programs. Kara is a regular consultant and coach for religious communities seeking new ways to adapt to today’s religious landscape. Please join our CEIE team in welcoming the Rev. Dr. Kara Markell. The team delights in Kara’s leadership. We are looking forward to the future with Kara in it.