Director of Individual Giving

Beth Cooper-Chrismon is director of individual giving at Sojourners. (You may have received emails from her; she crafts every one of them lovingly by hand.)

Beth has worked at Sojourners since April 2015 and has served as the donor services associate, database administrator, and supervisor of the donor services team. Previously, she worked as a major donor prospect researcher for political and nonprofit clients.

Beth is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where her studies focused on the role of religion in 20th century Middle Eastern-European relations. While attending Georgetown, she enrolled in one of Jim Wallis’ courses, and this experience led her to seek out further involvement in Sojourners’ mission, ministry, and advocacy.

Beth lives in Washington, D.C., where she enjoys trail running, loud guitar music, Dungeons and Dragons, and critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV.

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The (Not So) Great Reintegration

by Beth Cooper-Chrismon 01-31-2022
Are we as a country capable of abandoning sweatpants, after all they've done for us?
Illustration of an office worker sitting behind a desk with sweatpants and slippers

Illustration by Melanie Lambrick

AS MORE AND MORE more of us who are still working remotely receive the COVID-19 booster, and as more effective treatments are developed and omicron fades into distant memory (one can always hope), the threat of returning to “normal life”—offices, restaurants, bars—looms on the horizon. White-collar workers across the nation are looking upon their professional shoes and slacks with fear and dread. Are we as a country capable of abandoning sweatpants, after all they’ve done for us?

We have grown accustomed to a softer, smaller world, a comfortable and blanket-filled cocoon of our own making, but soon we will reenter a world that is both freer and crueler. A world where people see our faces when we walk by and (God forbid) try to start conversations with us. A world where people hug us without asking first. A world where, for some reason, we are expected to make small talk. Calvinists and non can surely agree that this is depraved.

It will be difficult to return to professional lives that involve arduous and near-mythical rituals of the before-times such as “commutes” and “dress codes” and “supervisors who know how late we sleep in.”

Grief and Cheap Grace in ‘WandaVision’

WandaVision poster. Disney+/Marvel Studios

Grief is a powerful, disorienting thing, as so many can attest this second Lenten season of a global pandemic that has claimed more than 2.5 million lives. “I’m so tired,” says Wanda Maximoff in the penultimate episode of Disney+ and Marvel Studios’ hit show WandaVision. “It’s just like this wave washing over me again and again. It knocks me down, and when I try to stand up, it just comes for me again. And I … it’s just gonna drown me.” Wanda is referring to the loss of her twin brother, Pietro, but the picture of grief is familiar.

'Avengers: Endgame' Is a Love Letter to Human Imperfection

Image via Avengers on Facebook

The first line of Avengers: Endgame is “Do you know where you’re going?” And the story that follows, the final chapter of a saga 11 years in the making, is an attempt by the deeply flawed, deeply human protagonists at wrestling with that question — what is our path, do we know it, and can we change it?

I Gave Up Social Media For Lent, and I'm Here to Tell You: That Was a Great Choice

by Beth Cooper-Chrismon 03-28-2018

May this insight be useful to you all. And may you feel minimally conflicted when you share it on Facebook.

The Oppressive Whiteness of Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams'

by Beth Cooper-Chrismon 09-04-2015

Image via "Wildest Dreams"/YouTube

Taylor Swift’s controversial new music video, “Wildest Dreams,” is intended to evoke awe of the “wildest” of African landscapes: pure natural beauty, “undiscovered” and “untarnished” — and entirely without Africans.

Perhaps because this video launched soon after Ms. Swift’s recent race- and privilege-related feud with Nicki Minaj, or because at the time of writing, the video has reached nearly 25 million views since its release on Aug. 30, response to the video has been intense. Reading articles on both sides was a conflicting experience, as a young white woman raised on fashion magazines, classic cinema, and the idealization of “old Hollywood.” Can we love and appreciate those films without endorsing that oppression? Is it possible to create an homage to them without endorsing them entirely? In short — how can we free ourselves from the cognitive dissonance of outwardly condemning racism, misogyny, and colonialism while still internally glorifying images and ideals that are built upon them?

The answer to this question may lie in other, more nuanced, portrayals of midcentury American culture.