Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
Law student, state representative and chair of the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party
I found my faith when I came to college and to Christus Rex. My faith developed alongside my passion for social justice.
My first experience with church was baptism! I was raised Lutheran, but I was only really able to connect with the church in my 20s.
As a young adult in the church, much like in politics, we need to find a balance between tradition and progress.
I pray for all those who are struggling, for whatever reason, and for humility and patience.
I struggle with saying no.
An issue I’m fighting for is economic security for women and families. This includes access to education and health care, freedom from violence, adequate pay and financial assistance, and more.
Most people think religion and politics are mutually exclusive. I have found the opposite to be true in North Dakota—in good and bad ways.
I hope fellow young adult women will feel empowered to become engaged in issues of social justice, in whatever ways make sense to them. The avenues for engagement and activism are truly endless.
In 10 years, I see the church living in spaces much different than it currently does. I hope the church and its work continues to grow outside the four walls of a physical sanctuary.
I believe in people and in our common humanity.
As a state representative, I miss a lot of important family and friend time, but I’m working on better balance and prioritizing.
To stay centered amid my busy schedule I read, try to exercise regularly and enjoy an occasional glass of wine.
Campus ministry has been one of the most foundational pieces of my life.
My favorite church memory is my spring break trip to Haiti with Christus Rex. It was a beautiful place with beautiful people, and I’ve wanted to return ever since.
In law school I have learned patience and perseverance. I have learned when to bite my tongue and when to speak up. And I have learned the value of good sleep.
People are surprised when I share my age and my political titles.
If I could change anything, I would end poverty and violence. I know, I know, a lofty goal—but I’m working on it!
I’m a Lutheran because I believe the church should be a welcoming and inclusive place for all, and I’ve found that place in my Lutheran church.
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