Remembering Kathlyn Breazeale
Kathlyn Anne Breazeale, a long-time member and friend of the process community, died on September 23, 2012 after living with cancer for two years. She started working at the Center for Process Studies in the summer of 1990 as she began Ph.D. work in Claremont, and served as the Co-Assistant Director until the spring of 1993. She has been described as "bubbly, funny, joyous."
Kathi grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she graduated with a B.S. from Northwestern State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from Centenary College, earned a M. Div. with distinction from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in California in 1996. Upon graduating, she taught at Cal State Northridge and later at Prescott College. Most recently, Kathi served as Associate Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University in Contemporary Theology and focused on feminist and womanist theologies.
Professionally, she was the author of Mutual Empowerment: A Theology of Marriage, Intimacy, and Redemption (Fortress, 2008) and several articles dealing with issues of sexuality and marriage from a feminist process theological perspective. Other areas of research and publication included the intersection of feminist theology, the arts, and social justice; religion and public life; and feminist pedagogy. Recent projects included developing a pedagogy for using film, art, service learning and bioregional perspectives in teaching liberation theologies, and an ecofeminist theological analysis of how women and men who are considered “closer to nature” are denigrated, particularly the Sami people of Scandinavia and the Spiritual and Shouter Baptists of Trinidad and Tobago. Kathi also expressed her theological and pedagogical interests in her work as a liturgical dancer.
Kathi loved the arts and the earth, her family and friends, and will be missed and remembered for her intellect, for her compassion and for her dedication to uplifting the integrity of all people. Kathi is survived by her partner Jon Berkedal and his children Kai and Bjorn; parents Dr. Archie and Fay Breazeale, brother David, sisters Lisa and Julie, nieces Lauren, Melissa and Rebekah, and nephew Drew. Kathi's sister Alison preceded her in death.
"Oneness with the Great Self. Mother, into your hands we commend Kathi."