The Common Good

A Faith that Never Wavered

Elizabeth Palmberg. Photo by Heather Wilson.
Elizabeth Palmberg. Photo by Heather Wilson.

In April we asked our Sojourners community to lift up the staff in prayer — in particular, a beloved member of the Sojourners magazine editorial team, Elizabeth Palmberg. We received an outpouring of love, and we treasured each one of your comments, emails, and prayers. 

On June 23, our dear sister Elizabeth Jane "Zab" Palmberg, passed away. Just as she wanted, she died at home in her sleep, surrounded by loved ones. She was 43 years old.  

Zab experienced many highs and lows over the past nine years as she battled Hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia, but her talent and wit never waned — blessing each member of the staff, community, and our Sojourners magazine readers.   

She also never wavered in her commitment to the mission of Sojourners and to the internship program — which brought her to Sojourners in 2002 from an academic career as a literature professor at Scripps College in California, where she’d been teaching writing-intensive courses on 19th century literature and 20th century science fiction. Zab encouraged the cohorts of yearlong interns, offering them education, prayer, sightseeing trips, and, often, homemade bread. She shepherded others, always pointing them toward Christ, here at Sojourners, through service at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., and among family and friends.

As an editorial point of privilege, I'll add that I'm incredibly grateful for Zab for myriad reasons, one being that she directed me to this community of Sojourners. Simply by taking an extra moment for a stranger, she changed lives. Her words and her witness remain.  

She will be greatly missed.   

Please read more about Zab, and read her articles and blog posts. See her obituary here.

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