What They Dreamed Be Ours to Do

This morning, we will lift up a few of the many women in our denomination who have worked for justice and ponder how we are called to carry on their work.

Karen Lee Scrivo is a community minister focusing on justice issues. She was ordained last June by the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Bowie, MD) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.

Karen is a member of Partnership for Renewal in Southern and Central Maryland (PRISCM), an interfaith-based community organizing group and is currently working on improving local public education. She also works with the Community Empowerment and Police Accountability Coalition in Prince George’s County and Dress for Success-DC.

Karen served as the first fulltime intern minister for the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland from 2015to 2016. She received her master of divinity degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. in 2015 and completed her student chaplaincy at the Hebrew Home in Rockville, Maryland in 2012.

Before becoming a minister, Karen served as an interim religious educator at First Unitarian of Baltimore, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi (MD) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (MD).

In her past lives, Karen was a journalist, a Montessori teacher and the manager of a State Department study program for international journalists. She also holds masters’ degrees in international relations (George Washington University) and communications (American University) and a bachelor’s in journalism (Kent State University).

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa. Karen grew up in Lorain, Ohio – west of Cleveland.

She was raised Catholic but also spent time at her maternal grandmother’s Protestant church. She became acquainted with Eastern religions in a World Religions class at her Catholic high school.

Karen and her husband, Ken Shilling, are members of the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Their grown son, Kelson is a Ph.D candidate in the neuroscience program at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.