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Meet Karyn! 2020-21 Intern Minister

Since 2008, Karyn Bergmann Marsh has been an active member and leader of Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, in Maryland, where she’s served many roles including the Membership Committee Chair, Bylaws Committee Chair, Lay Worship Associate, Board Secretary and Trustee. Raised Catholic, Karyn found Unitarian Universalism in her 20s. Prior to seminary, she was an attorney and geologist specializing in environmental restoration, both of which influence her theology.

Process Theology & Anti-Racism

Karyn’s theology is influenced by womanist writers like Octavia Butler, as well as process philosophers and theologians like Alfred North Whitehead, John Cobb, and Pierre Tielhard de Chardin.

“My theology is more of process theology, tying in with my background as a geologist. I believe God is constantly changing with us,” Karyn said.

All that you touch you Change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is changeGod is Change.

—Octavia Butler

Anti-racism and Self-differentiation are spiritual practices for Karyn. “I view myself, along with everyone, all of creation, as part of the diety — that’s where my anti-racism work is involved. I perceive all people as part of the same body and when one is hurting, I am hurting.” Through her practice of self-differentation, she strives to remain in connection with her self, while holding a deep connection to others.

Karyn joins All Souls from her home, in an unprecedented role of starting her internship virtually as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Her first Sunday, in our virtual service, will be Sunday, August 16, 2020. Please, join us in welcoming her on our Facebook live stream in the comments!

“I perceive all people as part of the same body and when one is hurting, I am hurting.”

—Karyn Marsh

She is a recent graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. In addition to her education and Unitarian congregation, she also brings her experience of providing ministerial support to Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the Charlestown, a retirement community in Catonsville, Maryland from August 2019 to June 2020.

All Souls Church serves the Unitarian Universalist faith as a learning institution. Each year, pre-COVID era,  Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary hosts a week-long learning intensive for their students with our ministers and staff. Our lay-led intern committee and ministers work with resident and virtual interns to gain real-world experience and achieve their field education requirements as they embark on their ministry career. Read more from our ministers, members, staff, and friends on our blog, beyondbelief.online.

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