Ms. Karen Hessel

Ms. Karen Hessel

Cape Elizabeth, ME

Karen is the retired program director for Justice for Women at the National Council of Churches, with prior ecumenical experience with the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia. Her life’s work has been focused on economic justice, theology and ethics. Since “retiring” to Maine in 2005, Karen continues to engage in ecumenical and interfaith justice and advocacy efforts. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Maine Workers’ Center, is the co-convener of Interfaith Worker Justice Southern Maine, and has served on the Public Policy Committee of the Maine Council of Churches. She serves as program coordinator for the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence, whose priority is to infuse theological education with quality scholarship and teaching to improve the knowledge and capacity of faith leaders to both respond to and help prevent violence against women and children. She also serves on the planning team for Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Karen and her husband, Dieter, live in Cape Elizabeth where they enjoy cycling and being close to family, making occasional trips to visit three adorable grandchildren in two mid-Atlantic households. Karen worships at First Congregational Church in South Portland.