Faith Zamblé

Editorial Assistant

A somewhat reluctant resident of the Land of Lincoln (LOL for short), Faith Zamblé comes to Sojourners with a B.A. in Media Studies and Fine Arts from North Park University, in Chicago. Studying both media and art in college gave her a lot of time to think about how words and images can conspire for change, and being in D.C. gives her a lot of time to think about the role of a city in the stories we tell about ourselves.

As Editorial Assistant of the magazine, Faith gets to put on her metaphorical trench coat and hunt down fake news. If you see her with a magnifying glass, you can assume she is looking for clues. Faith is a budding curator/artist as well, who always knew that her habits of accumulation—not hoarding!—would eventually pay off. She is interested in art that connects people, challenges social norms, and is visually exciting. This is probably why she is a huge fan of the Great British Bake-Off. 

When not at work, you can find her starting a Netflix series she won’t finish, ranting about theology, spinning a new conspiracy theory, defending said theory, and most importantly, as poet Danez Smith says, trying to create a world, “we can be grateful for, not grateful in spite of… a world good to us, all of us, all us.”

Posts By This Author

What Minimalism Lacks

by Faith Zamblé 06-11-2018
The trendy aesthetic often means giving up everything ... except privilege.

CERTAIN STRAINS of consumerism are easy to spot. Think Beverly Hills and walls stacked with brightly colored shoes and purses, like heaps of fresh produce. Closer to home, perhaps, is the caricature of suburban consumption—gas-guzzling SUVs, expensive outerwear.

And then there’s minimalism, an ideology defined by its emphasis on intentional efforts to spend less. At its best, minimalism provides a healthy alternative for people of faith seeking simplicity and thoughtful economic practices. At its worst, the minimalist aesthetic looks an awful lot like the system it was designed to critique—oblivious, privileged, and disconnected from reality.

#WomenCrushWednesday: Ella Baker, Prophetic Voice Against the Killing of 'Black Mothers' Sons'

by Faith Zamblé 03-28-2018

Image via Adair733/Flickr

There is no Selma for Ella Josephine Baker. But there would likely have been no Selma without her, either. And maybe that matters just as much.

How to Combat Political Apathy

by Christina Colón, by Faith Zamblé 02-28-2018
How do we reconcile our vote with our conscience?

IN A TIME of voter suppression, gerrymandering, and persistent political scandals, it’s easy to wonder if voting matters anymore. Many people don’t vote at all, citing everything from long lines to ethical squeamishness. But not voting is still a vote, with real consequences for our democracy. Here are a few ways to reframe the way we think about voting:

1. Make it more than a vote

Voting is just one aspect of civic participation. Extend the action by engaging in your community. Participate in events at recreation centers, run for school board, and attend public forums on local policy. Don’t make a ballot the only place you voice concerns—communicate with local officials and speak up at city council meetings. Think wisely about how you spend your money and your time, and make civic commitment an everyday mindset rather than an annual event.

Voting is just one aspect of civic participation. Extend the action by engaging in your community. Participate in events at recreation centers, run for school board, and attend public forums on local policy. Don’t make a ballot the only place you voice concerns—communicate with local officials and speak up at city council meetings. Think wisely about how you spend your money and your time, and make civic commitment an everyday mindset rather than an annual event.

 

Will Christian Colleges Speak Up for Victims of Sexual Assault?

by Faith Zamblé 11-27-2017
Students are leading efforts to reframe the conversation around gender-based violence.

Image via Flickr/Devon Buchanan

SECRETARY OF Education Betsy DeVos this fall weakened laws that make campuses safer places for students to live and learn—particularly protections from sexual harassment. “[T]he system established by the prior administration,” DeVos said, “has failed too many students.”

DeVos is targeting Title IX, the landmark 1972 legislation to prevent gender-based discrimination in college athletics. Over time, Title IX was strengthened by the addition of the Jeanne Clery Act, a federal mandate requiring schools to be more transparent about their handling of sexual-assault cases and more proactive in efforts to change campus attitudes regarding predatory behavior.

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