Karen L. Bloomquist has served as a parish pastor in California, New York City, and Washington State, and as a seminary professor in Chicago, Dubuque, and Philadelphia. She has directed theological work of the ELCA (Chicago) and Lutheran World Federation (Geneva). Most recently, she served as Dean at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. She has edited many books and written many articles. One of her books is The Dream Betrayed (1990).