Cathleen Bascom is the 10th bishop – and its first woman bishop – of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, serving since March 2019. She also serves on the the Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Creation Care and has increased the diocese’s initives in this area during her time in office.
Before becoming bishop she spent four years as 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 also served as dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa, where 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.
Cathleen, who completed an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University in 2017 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.
She intends to be a writing bishop, with more Green Stuff Stories to come!