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Neil (not his real name) is an employee of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, serving in the Middle East. Neil is a Do Justice columnist. (Learn more about our columnists here!)

Sara (not her real name) works in a neighbourhood resource centre in Canada. She has chosen not to share her name or location to preserve the privacy of the women with whom she works, and to point out the universality of this story--it could have happened in your city, in your neighbourhood.

Carl (not his real name) works in the Middle East. 

Bert Adema is the Executive Director of Indian Metis Christian Fellowship (IMCF), in Regina, Saskatchewan. Since 1993, he has encouraged Aboriginal people to claim, develop, use, and celebrate their individual and cultural gifts from the Creator. He collaborates with Aboriginal staff and community members in developing and delivering activities serving the spiritual and social needs of First Nations and Metis people in Regina. Now that their four daughters have moved out of their family home, he and his wife Ruth have started to wonder about what to do with the rest of their lives.

Seth Adema is a PhD Candidate in the department of history at Wilfred Laurier University, where he studies movements for Aboriginal rights within federal and provincial prisons.  In particular, his studies focus on the introduction of traditional Aboriginal spirituality into prisons between the 1960s and 1990s. Seth lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife Emily and daughter Morgan. In his spare time, he plays hockey, rides his mountain bike, goes camping, and tries to read books unrelated to his dissertation.

Hamza came to the United States from Somalia with his refugee family. He a first generation immigrant who enjoys playing soccer, basketball and hanging with friends. When he feels inspired, he enjoys writing a poem about it and sharing it with close friends.

Bernadette Arthur serves as a Race Relations Coordinator for the Canadian office and belongs to a small but powerfully passionate bi-national team of individuals who are committed to the work of racial reconciliation. She is hopeful about making significant strides towards racial reconciliation in Canada, because the promises of God are a "YES" and "AMEN" in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 1:20) so she can trust that her generation will, by His grace and our obedience, witness movements towards the future reality of diversity and inclusion described in Revelation 7:9. She is a pursuer of God, daughter, sister, friend, auntie, mentor, teacher, and life-long learner. She enjoys listening to live music, especially jazz; reading a good book; eating ethnically diverse foods; and hiking.

Derek works for the CRCNA in the areas of faith formation and pastor-church relations as a co-leader of the Faith Formation Collaborative Work Group, a coach in the Next Steps Faith Formation Initiative, and a member of the Better Together Delivery Team. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife Keri and their two little girls, Alida and Cassidy.

Rob Barrett is Director of Forums & Scholarship for The Colossian Forum. He has PhDs both in Applied Physics from Stanford University and Theology from Durham University in England. He worked as a research scientist at IBM for over ten years, as a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany. He has numerous publications in fields ranging from biblical studies to physics, data storage technology, and human-computer interaction, and holds many patents. He has also earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His varied background is unified by his longstanding interest in the intersection of faith, Bible, science/technology, and culture. Rob and his wife Crystal have two young children.

Heather Beaudoin is a National Organizer with Equal Justice USA, a national organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and responsive to everyone impacted by crime. She is also one of the coordinators for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. Heather joined EJUSA after three years of working for the Montana Abolition Coalition. Previously, Heather worked for the Helena Pregnancy Resource Center, the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington DC, and for the Michigan Republican Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema. Heather graduated with a political science degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She currently resides in Three Rivers, Michigan with her husband Matt and their daughter Grace.

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