|Director of Lifespan Religious Education|
Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini is a twenty-year church leadership veteran serving in religious education, and youth and children’s ministries in Missouri and California; and is currently seeking a PhD in Practical Theology and Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology. Before moving to California in 2011, Kendra lived most of her life in north, south and central Missouri. Born in Kansas City and growing up in one of its suburbs, she is mid-westerner who was quite surprised to find herself at home on the west coast. She earned her BA in Communications from Truman State University and her MA in Interreligious Studies from Claremont Lincoln University; her present research interests include: religious education, interreligious engagement, narrative pedagogy, post-colonial studies, religious practices, Christian history, and American Islam.
In addition to her role as Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Kendra is working on a dissertation about the effects on congregations when religious leaders are active in interreligious engagement; and teaching a World Religions online course for Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She lives in Claremont with her husband Montassar (a compassionate and adventurous, soccer-loving Tunisian, who speaks three languages); her mother, Linda (a courageous and strong, book-loving Gemini, who never met a stranger); and her niece, Ariel (a talented and hilarious, life-loving rock star, who plays drums in a Whittier-based band called ViceVersa).
Kendra is deeply committed to peace-building, interreligious education, and to creating learning spaces where people are free to be fully and wholly themselves. And, in the midst of all of this, she fancies herself as a crafter, a scrapbooker, and a small furniture up-cycler.