The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens was elected at a special electing convention in 2007 as bishop suffragan and consecrated on June 30, 2007 at Yale's Woolsey Hall in New Haven. She is particularly interested in new initiatives emerging from local communities and helping communities to build new, creative partnerships for mission and for support. See biography below for more info about Bishop Ahrens.
Contact info: The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Ahrens received a B.A. in geology and geophysics from Princeton University in 1984; a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Yale Divinity School/Berkeley Divinity School in 1991; and a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) from Hartford Seminary in 2000 (the theme of her doctoral work was “Engaging a Generation, Adult Education for Baby Boomers”). She was ordained as a priest in 1992.
Laura served as curate at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Osterville, MA (1991-1993); served as associate rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, MA (1993-1995); and served as associate rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, CT (1995-2000). Before her election and consecration as bishops she also served on the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council, Standing Committee, Stewardship Committee, Program and Budget Committee, and as secretary of Diocesan Convention.
In October 2008 Bishop Ahrens received an honorary doctorate from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, during the Annual Convocation. Text of citation here.
Areas of Ministry: Deacons, marriage judgements (see marriage page), ecumenical, college ministries, anti-racism, aging, urban ministry, ministry in higher education, and chaplaincies.
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