Karen Gustafson graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1985.
She served as :
Minister of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, Minnesota from 1986-2007.
Associate Minister of the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin from 2007-2013 where she led Quest: A Spiritual Journey.
Interim Minister of Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, Fridley Minnesota 2014-2016.
In 2001, after 15 years with the Duluth congregation, Karen felt the need to either recommit to the next phase of growth in the church or enter the search process. Through a series of chance circumstances she was able to arrange her own guided life review experience.
She found a willing and qualified guide who supported a process of reflecting on her own life and experience; her transitional style; her gifts and her growing edges. It was a rare opportunity to, in the words of Adrienne Rich, “make a study” of her own life.
The insights gained during those days served as a source of important discernment for the rest of her ministry. It also inspired her to offer this experience to others.