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Sherwin Weener grew up on a farm, north of Holland, MI, the oldest of four brothers. He married Shirley, his high school sweetheart and they have been blessed with two daughters, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. He graduated from Hope College and Western Seminary. His calling to a ministry of racial reconciliation led him to pastor churches in New York City, Sterling, IL and Muskegon, MI for a total of 30 years. He then served the Reformed Church in America as the Executive Minister for the Great Lakes Region until retirement. Sherwin and Shirley now live in Hudsonville, MI and are members of the Hager Park Reformed Church in Jenison.  

Jordan Weller is studying history at Trinity Western University. His passion for Canadian aboriginal justice began with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Vancouver in September 2013. In May 2014, he participated in a short-term missions trip through Trinity Western to Fort Babine, a First Nations Reserve in Northern British Columbia. He is currently working for Samaritan’s Purse Canada in Dease Lake, British Columbia, helping to run their ministry centre.

Travis West is Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He also serves as the President of Kairos West Michigan, a local movement dedicated to seeking understanding as to the sources of the hostilities between the Israeli and Palestinian people.

 

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!)

Helen is the Outreach Coordinator at WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) at the University of Alberta where her focus is to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in the science, engineering and technology fields. She is a second generation Canadian, born and raised on Treaty 6 territory, amiskwacîwâskahikan | ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, also known as Edmonton, Alberta. She is a biologist by training, having earned her Masters of Biology with a focus on marine biology from the California State University, Los Angeles. Helen previously interned at A Rocha Canada as a conservation science intern and lived in community with others at the Brooksdale campus. She strives to weave narratives of social and environmental justice into her life work.

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