Cathleen Bascom who was recently elected the first woman Bishop of Kansas in the Episcopal Church has been an assistant professor of religion for four years at Waldorf University and a priest for 28 years in various Episcopal parishes between the Great Lakes and the Rockies. Cathleen served most recently as Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa. She and the cathedral aided in recovery efforts during the flood of 2008 and were named Urban Stewards of the Year for the installation of an urban prairie green-space. These experiences are imaginatively tapped in Of Green Stuff Woven. Passionate about saving the threatened tallgrass prairie, Cathleen founded Iowa Creation Stewards, helping other churches plant postage stamp prairies and organize around environmental concerns, and was appointed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to the Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Creation Care.
Cathleen, who recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and tends to collect degrees in English Literature and Theology, has contributed chapters to the books Hungry Heart and Expressions of Religious Experience in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Cathleen intends to be a writing bishop, with more Green Stuff Stories to come!