Justice and Witness Ministries names new minister for racial justice
April - May 2009

The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson began serving as the UCC's minister for racial justice in Justice and Witness Ministries March 2. Thompson previously served on Florida's Conference Staff since 2004.

She was project coordinator for five counties in Florida, responding to the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons; then became statewide Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery in 2006.  She was responsible for coordination, leadership development and training, volunteer recruitment, advocacy, and grant funds administration. 

Thompson also provided leadership in the Florida Conference following the national launching of the Sacred Conversation on Race, and shares that her personal and professional experiences motivated her to seek this call to engage the church by raising awareness and changing attitudes to address the issues of racism in our society and in the church.

Thompson will be part of the JWM Cleveland-based team leading the Sacred Conversation on Race initiative, but will spend a portion of her time working with JWM's Racial Justice Program at Franklinton Center at Bricks and with public policy staff in the Washington, D.C., office. Key to her responsibilities will be to collaborate with other program staff to demonstrate the intersections of racism with other justice issues.

Thompson was ordained in 1999 at the General Baptist State Convention in North Carolina and was credentialed through Privilege of Call as a UCC minister in 2003 by the New York Metropolitan Association.

Thompson earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College in New York, a Master's in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., and an M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York.