Laurie Larson Caesar of Mission of The Atonement gave today’s sermon. She is the last in our Lenten Round Robin Pulpit Exchange.
Laurie Larson Caesar is co-pastor of Mission of the Atonement and has been journeying with the community for more than thirteen years. Her Master of Divinity was earned in 1992 at Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on Martin Luther and Lutheran theology, women and spirituality, and ongoing interfaith conversations. In 1994, she studied for a year at the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.
Her heroes are Sojourner Truth, St. Francis of Assissi, Hildegard of Bingen, and WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes. Her current favorite thinkers are Wendell Berry, Sandra Schneiders, Michael Pollan, Meg Funk, Walter Brueggemann, and the poet Mary Oliver. Right now she’s captivated by the music of the late David Carter and Tracey Grammar (“Buddhist County”), Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Justin Townes Earle and Polecat Creek.
Drew, her husband of fifteen years, is a Presbyterian pastor and licensed clinical therapist, who focuses on adolescents, adults and families, and loves hiking, guitar, skiing and baking incredible cinnamon rolls. Sophie, their adolescent daughter, enjoys soccer, basketball, violin, guitar, composing songs, poems and essays, softball, her pet cats, leopard geckoes, new golden-doodle puppy, and dark chocolate.
Laurie’s faith was formed by the community of Christ Lutheran Church, Libby, Montana — an ELCA congregation which her great-grandparents Carl and Anna Larson helped found nearly 100 years ago. Laurie graduated from Libby High School and has been learning about the mystery and majesty of God ever since — especially from the Benedictine sisters of Our Lady of Grace monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana, and her wise and witty Lutheran colleagues in the Oregon synod, particularly those involved in the project “Practicing the Faith in Salmon Nation.”
Laurie enjoys leading spirituality retreats, learning from the ancient wisdom and faith practices of others in other traditions, walking in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, playing basketball, learning claw-hammer banjo and listening to any music that is raw, honest and true.