“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” – James 2:18
“Preach the gospel always, and if necessary, use words.” – Unknown (often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)
As a firm believer that all human beings deserve the opportunity to have a quality and meaningful life, Krystal hopes to answer the call of putting her faith and words into action throughout her internship year with Sojourners. She believes that clean drinking water, breathable air, shelter, food, basic health care, and simple respect as a fellow human being should not be optional, and that it is possible to come from a place of biblical principles and love when addressing these issues on a national and global scale.
Krystal graduated from Southern Oregon University in late 2009 with a theater major and communications minor, and has worked/volunteered as a production manager and assistant, box office representative, stagehand, actor, and mentor. She enjoys the theater and entertainment industry for its unique opportunity to place oneself in another person’s shoes, and as such, is constantly striving to acquire new perspectives and points of view. She believes that the best way to communicate is to understand where someone is coming from, and hopes to always be able to approach new situations with an open mind and a loving heart.
In her spare time Krystal enjoys hiking up mountains, reading books, singing, performing, watching movies, laughing with friends, and looking for more ways to get involved in the community.
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PHOTOS: Families Affected by Gun Violence March on Washington
Over the weekend I joined more than 6,000 people in a march for common sense gun control legislation.
The ground was covered in snow and ice, air so cold we could see our breath, on Saturday morning as we marched silently from the Capitol Building to the Washington Monument. In front of me, 100 residents from Newtown Conn., carried signs that read, “We Are Sandy Hook.” By my side stood an elderly woman with a sign reading, “Guns kill people. People kill people. Let’s work on both TOGETHER.”
Behind me, beside me, and scattered throughout the crowd of silent marchers more than 1,000 simple white signs were also displayed — carrying the names of victims of gun violence who have been permanently silenced.
They were names like Charlotte Colton, a mother of three who was gunned down along with seven other people at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Goleta, Calif.
Names like Laura Webb, who was shot and killed in a salon while styling her mother’s hair in a massacre that killed eight people.
Names like Vanessa Quinn, 29, one of four victims gunned down in a mall in Utah while she was picking out her wedding ring.
Love, Faith ... Action!
“You’re a Christian? But you’re so nice!”
I’ll never forget these words, spoken to me by a friend of mine from my college’s theatre program. He was one of my more eccentric friends, more blunt than most, and he was also very openly gay. His exclamation of surprise may be the instance that I remember the most, but he certainly wasn’t the only person during my college years to express their surprise at the thought of Christians living by principles of love rather than intolerance, or at the very least, indifference.
First Look — 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
This will be a night to remember!
On Monday, I had the opportunity of attending an advance screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with a good childhood friend of mine. I sat in my favorite movie-watching seat (a few rows back and dead center), munching on free popcorn and drinks provided by a fellow moviegoer who wanted nothing more than to ensure that his entire row in the theater was happy and well-fed (not too unlike a Hobbit, really).
Just before the lights dimmed, I remember thinking how perfect the whole moment was. However, as exciting and as wonderful as those final moments of anticipation were, I also couldn’t help but wonder if I might be setting my expectations too high for the film that was about to come.
It turns out I needn’t have worried.
Millennials' Reflections on the New American Values Survey
On Tuesday, the religion, policy, and politics project at Brookings and the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) hosted a forum to release PRRI's fourth American Values Survey (AVS), a large national, multi-issue survey on religion, values, and public policy.
We sent some of our interns to listen in on the findings. Here's what they thought about some of the issues raised by the report.