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Lorilyn Wiering, a spiritual director, writer, and former middle school teacher, is the founder of Red Cord Community. Drawn to the edges of society, church-life, and self, she delights in exploring and facilitating the reciprocal and necessary relationship between edge and center. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Vernon, her daughter Maddy, and sons Basil and Reuben. They are members of First Christian Reformed Church. 

Miranda is a fourth-year International Studies student at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. She is passionate about learning from others and seeking justice. Although her home is in central Texas, Miranda is part of an extension program at TWU and is spending her semester at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa. She spent five weeks interning full-time with the Centre for Public Dialogue.

Idella Winfield is the Administrative Coordinator for the CRC Office of Race Relations. 

Karla Winham is a member of the Justice League at John Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Truro, NS. She serves as a Diaconal Coach with Diaconal Ministries Canada, helping deacons animate their congregations to show God’s love in their communities. She is currently finishing her MBA in Community Economic Development. After 20 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, her experiences in church leadership and community development prompted her to return to school for more learning on the subject. She lives in Truro, NS with her husband and three teenage children.

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. Among his publications are Art in Action (Eerdmans, 1980), Works and Worlds of Art (Oxford, 1980), Justice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton 2008), Justice in Love (Eerdmans 2011), and Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World (Eerdmans, 2011). Art Rethought is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2015).

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!)

Melody serves as the Climate Justice Campaign Coordinator at Sojourners, a role she hopes to honor by lifting up the stories of people who bear the brunt of climate change (and who contribute the least to it) and cultivating leadership on earthkeeping within the Church. She is compelled to advocate for urban sustainability and climate justice because of Jesus' calling to love the least of these and His invitation to love her neighbor as herself. As Jesus draws himself nearest to the people most oppressed and ostracized in society, so she seeks to do the same.  She believes deeply that although the Church is historically late to this conversation, it can and must play a critical role as the people of God through embodied practice of environmental justice.

Melody was born in Anhui, China and was raised in metro-Detroit, where she grew up in Asian American community and fellowship. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from the University of Michigan, and serves as Co-Chair at Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. Upon graduating, she traveled and volunteered through Rome, Zurich, and Copenhagen on an independent study and worked as an urban design assistant in the Netherlands out of a passion for understanding how the distinct culture and values of local people spell out its city infrastructure. In the past, she has led creation care conversations at her church, apprenticed on a small organic farm, helped start the first sustainable living community at U-M, and worked as a graphic designer.

In her free time, Melody loves exploring parks of all shapes and sizes, reading, jamming out to indie rock, and listening to the smooth, velvety voice of Krista Tippett on On Being. She looks forward to making ugly pottery to provide a home for her indoor plants.

Hope Zigterman is the Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellow for 2019-20 for the Office of Social Justice. She spent the last three years teaching English to fourth and fifth graders at American Academy Jordan in Zarqa, Jordan. While there she took the opportunity to participate in a local symphonic band playing the flute and assist coaching little league baseball teams. She studied Political Science and History with a minor in Biblical Studies at Gordon College, and is interested in the intersection of faith and politics.

Peter Zigterman is a member of Loop CRC and its Welcoming the Stranger missional community, which is focused on refugee and immigrant issues. He works in the refugee resettlement department of World Relief Chicago and also with the CRC Office of Social Justice as a Regional Organizer for the Chicago area.

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