Rev. Kathleen O. Reed
Current President, Harvard Chaplains
Since being ordained to pastoral ministry in 1982, what has shaped me most profoundly cannot be gleaned from reading my curriculum vita or a Google search of my name. What I have realized matters most to my growth as a human being is how each of the communities I have served has taught me to listen in new ways. Learning that happens though listening deeply to another’s story is transforming.
Since coming to Harvard in 2013 to serve as the Lutheran Chaplain, listening to the stories of adults and youth experiencing homeless and to the Harvard College students responsible for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and Y2Y has added new dimensions to my mind and heart. Most recently, in the company of many Harvard student leaders, listening to the mother in danger of deportation and living in sanctuary my church has broken down whole walls in my soul. Am I good listener? I'm learning. Because of my ordained status with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, all conversations may be held in strictest confidence.