Britta Meiers Carlson

M.Div. – Luther Seminary
B.A. – Concordia College

 The Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson is a theologian and pastor in the ELCA. Her research in church and society examines how intercultural ministries with immigrants impact how we understand our identity as Christians and, in turn, how we structure our communities. She employs qualitative research methods to explore how theology is lived and practiced in faith communities with an eye toward ecclesiology, theologies of the cross, and theologies of liberation. These research interests arose from Pastor Britta’s experience as a mission developer at Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer in Boston, MA where she worked with church members, community activists, and members of Latin American immigrant communities to discern relational, life-affirming practices of accompaniment between the church and the wider community. In teaching, research, and ministry, Pastor Britta hopes to equip leaders in all corners of the church to cultivate just, equitable communities.

Rev. Meiers Carlson is a PhD Candidate in practical theology at Boston University School of Theology and a Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellow. She is a frequent contributor to the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and the Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network.

Rev. Meiers Carlson is married to the Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of Anglican Studies at United Lutheran Seminary. The have two children who keep them very busy. Britta also enjoys cooking, gardening, and hiking.

 Selected Publications

“Immigration and Mass Incarceration.” in The Business of Incarceration: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Prison-Industrial Complex, edited by Justin Bronson Barringer, Sarah Farmer, and James McCarty. The Business of Modern Life Series. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2023(forthcoming).

With Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi. “Mission and Theological Education Among Latinx Christians: Contributions of La Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana.” In Creative Collaborations: Case Studies of North American Missional Practices, edited by Dana L. Robert, Allison Kach-Yawnghwe, and Morgan Crago. Oxford: Regnum Books, 2023.

“Power and Suffering in the Church.” Ecumenical Trends 52.2 (March/April 2023).

With Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi. “Latinx Protestant Mission in the United States.” In “Missional Collaborations, 2021: A Report from North America,” edited by Dana Robert. In A Hundred Years of Mission Cooperation: The Impact of the International Missionary Council 1921-2021, edited by Risto Jukko. Geneva: World Council of Churches Publications, 2022: 388-392.

“Ecclesiological Implications of Economic Inequality and Church Decline.” Ecumencial Trends. 51.3(May/June 2022): 16-21.

“Practices of Belonging: Mainline Protestant Culture and Notions of Lutheran Identity in the ELCA.” Currents in Theology and Mission 47.3 (2020): 19-25.

“Taking Down the Walls that Border our Churches.” Word and World 39.2 (2019): 101-108.


Mailing address:

United Lutheran Seminary
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119