Religious Studies

Katie Gordon

My hometown when I was a student was

Muskegon, MI

I graduated in

2013

I studied

Religious Studies and Political Science, Minor in Public Affairs

I currently live in

Boston, MA

I am now

Graduate Student at Harvard Divinity School

Since graduating from Alma

After Alma, I worked in Grand Rapids, MI for four years at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University. In that role, I organized interfaith dialogue and service events in the broader community and on local college campuses. It was an exciting organization that allowed me to grow and be creative with how we were promoting interfaith understanding in west Michigan. At the same time, and following the passion I discovered through college radio; while I was in Grand Rapids, I also interned at WGVU, the west Michigan NPR-affiliate, and then hosted a public affairs radio program on WYCE, Grand Rapids Community Media Center’s community radio station. In GR, everything came down to building community, promoting collaboration across difference, and utilizing radio and media as tools for social change.

 

With a desire to integrate these passions with a lens toward ministry for so-called religious “Nones,” I came to Harvard Divinity School in 2017 to pursue a Master of Theological Studies. In addition to my studies, I became the Ministry Innovation Coordinator for How We Gather, which builds networks and resources for spiritual innovators and entrepreneurial community leaders across the country, and a podcast producer for Ministry of Ideas, which explores religious and intellectual histories of big ideas. Most importantly in my journey, I have helped create and continue to coordinate Nuns & Nones, a growing movement of Catholic Sisters and unaffiliated millennials coming together to explore questions of spirituality, community, and justice. After graduating from HDS in May 2019, I plan to continue this work back in the Midwest.

My Alma education

Alma provided a rigorous education for me, but more than that, it introduced me to opportunities and experiences that taught me how to live a good, grounded, and ethical life.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Definitely the Model UN House, which was my home for most of my time at Alma. I also loved to escape the stress of school to hang out in the college radio station, WQAC, and host music shows with friends.

My favorite professors(s) included

Professors Kate Blanchard, Sandy Hulme, and Ed Lorenz all had a major impact on me for very different reasons. I discovered my passion for religion through Dr. Blanchard’s classes, learned how to make change in the world through Dr. Hulme’s classes, and how to make change on the community-level through Dr. Lorenz’s classes.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

My most vivid memory is walking around campus, or sitting at the library, or going into Saga, and always running into friends. I loved going to a small school - small enough that we could truly build a sense of community and family that stretched across campus.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

I participated in Model United Nations, the Center for Responsible Leadership, P-Global Program with a trip to Dharamsala, India, and the History of Human Rights Spring Term with Ed Lorenz in Europe.