Kathryn Lohre ’99

Kathryn Lohre ’99 serves as Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment. From 2012-2013 she served as president of the National Council of Churches USA, the first Lutheran and youngest woman to serve in that office, and edited the book For Such a Time as This: Young Adults on the Future of the Church (2013).  From 2000-2011, Kathryn served as student researcher, consultant, and then assistant director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, Dr. Diana L’ Eck’s premier research project on religious diversity in the United States. She was a consulting editor for Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World (Lutheran University Press, 2016). She is currently co-chair of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign: Standing with American Muslims, Upholding American Values, a US-based, inter-religious coalition to end anti-Muslim bigotry. Kathryn completed her B.A. in psychology, religion, and women’s studies at St. Olaf and her M.Div. at Harvard University. She received a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the Graduate Theological Foundation in recognition of her contributions to women’s interfaith issues and pluralism.