Fun facts about Bishop Laurie!
Born: Missoula, Montana, March, 1965
Spouse: Reverend Andrew (Drew) Caesar, Presbyterian Church – USA and therapist at About Healing, Portland
Child: Sophie Caesar, age 20, undergraduate at the University of Denver
Parents: Dan and Kay Larson
Undergraduate Studies: Human Biology BA from Stanford University, 1988
Graduate Studies: Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, with an emphasis on Interfaith Studies and a thesis on Feminist Theology and Martin Luther, 1992
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary: Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies, 1994
Call: Spirit of Grace Lutheran and Catholic Faith Community, Beaverton, 1996-2019
Formative Faith Experiences:
- Undergraduate Trip with Lutheran Campus Ministry to El Salvador, working alongside university students, mothers of the disappeared and refugees to help heal a nation wounded by war, poverty and colonialism
- Intern Year at St. John’s, Des Moines, a 3,000 member cathedral congregation in the heart of the city
- Practicing the Faith in Salmon Nation Art and Reflection Theology Group, a years-long small colleague group exploring what Christianity is birthing now through art, symbol and written word in the Pacific Northwest
- Women Touched by Grace, a spiritual renewal program for women pastors yearning to encounter Benedictine spiritual practices in an ecumenical setting
Hobbies: banjo, books, bibles, basketball, papercrafts, poetry, pondering the possibilities of the universe
Passions: story, song, relationship, grace, the way God’s Spirit can move within the cracks and broken places, babies, peanut butter, chocolate, mountains, rivers, justice, non-violent resistance and uncovering the untold underside of history.