Karris Golden, an award-winning journalist, is a full-time professional writer and editor. Her articles, personal essays, photos, short fiction and poetry have appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals and anthologies. She writes a weekly faith and values column for The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa). She also is a regular contributor to The Little Lutheran, Lutheran Woman Today and Café: Stirring the Spirit Within.
She is currently at work on several projects and seeks a publisher for her essay collection on motorcycling and spirituality. Karris also travels extensively and regularly speaks at events and gatherings of all sizes. In November 2008 she took part in a Women of the ELCA /ELCA Global Mission study seminar in South Africa.
Karris earned an associate in arts degree from Waldorf College, a bachelor's degree in journalism from Wartburg College and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa. In her free time, Karris enjoys reading, writing, photography, motorcycling, bicycling, canoeing and traveling. She lives in Shell Rock, Iowa, with her daughter, Zoey Golden Neessen.
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Articles by Karris Golden:
- Truly inclusive membership requires intention, support
- Embracing diversity
Multicultural congregations share their successes, struggles
- Called 'to do more'
ELCA program offers global mission experience for young adults
- Fast-tracking the process
Help for the seminary-bound
- Not 'just another church leaving the ELCA'
- Taking a page from Book of Faith leaders
Here's how they encourage the ELCA Bible initiative
- A little grace, with Christmas wrap
Wartburg College students run holiday gift program
- College & seminary crunch
Mission and funding collide in these economic times
- Set apart
ELCA schools are in a class by themselves
- 'I felt welcomed, and I stayed'
Who's your neighbor? Whom can you invite?
- Balancing studies and sports
At Wartburg College, faculty mentors support student-athletes
- The Lutheran sense of vocation
It's key for ELCA colleges and ELCA faculty at secular schools
- Dealing with a weak dollar
Dollar's decline also affects the church's global work
- At a distance?
Leaders discuss Luther Seminary's M.Div. distance learning
- ELCA camps evacuate due to wildfires
- Waldorf logs '50 Days of Service'
- Quiet volunteers
Programs produce leaders for the church and world
- Adopting across cultures
Such adoptions can enrich family life, parents say
- Koob: 'Revenge isn't the way'
- One month to work, learn in Tanzania
Wartburg College students see the impact of AIDS firsthand
- Extend the welcome
- Student of fantasy
- Giving the gift of learning
Wartburg students help Palestinian students attend college
- An enlightening exchange
Mwangaza program connects ELCA and Tanzanian Lutheran educators
- No future?
In Bethlehem, Palestinian Lutherans struggle to make ends meet
- Pipe organ logs frequent flier miles
- Getting involved
Youth opportunities for service and growth
- When to pray for the ill
- Cookies for 'big kids'
Colorado church sends care packages to college students
- 'What heaven must be like'
- California church calls noncelibate gay
- Role reversal
'We're aiming for a marriage in which roles are based on what makes sense'
- Finding a mission
- Motor ministry
Oregon men repair and give away 60 cars and are looking for more
- Keep your eyes on the pride
An ELCA program guides African American boys on their journey into manhood
- Youth put on 'slave ship'
- 'You don't look like a Lutheran'
Racism in the ELCA sends unwelcome vibe to visitors
- Sex on campus
ELCA youth try to reconcile faith with sexual choices
- Happy birthday
- Felder: Racism tarnishes the gospel