Karen L. Wood

University Chaplain

Karen Wood became Willamette University's chaplain and associate professor of religious studies in June 2012 following ten years as associate chaplain for vocational exploration and director of the Lilly Project for Theological, Ethical and Spiritual Exploration of Vocation.

Karen's doctoral thesis explored the role of liberal Jewish voices in the construction of Christian theologies of Judaism. Her work with public benefit and educational institutions has included directing programs in inter-religious dialogue in national and international settings, and serving as dean of students at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland.

Karen is a minister in the United Church of Christ, an avid backpacker, and an enthusiastic transplant from the east coast to the Pacific Northwest.


  • B.A. Brown University
  • M.Div. Harvard University
  • Th.D. Harvard University

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