Liz Bierly (she/her) is excited to spend the next year as one of the editorial assistants at Sojourners and is most looking forward to fact-checking and uploading content for the magazine.
An Ithaca College alum, Liz studied journalism, counseling, and politics while copy editing her school paper and writing opinion pieces for her hometown newspaper. She was also deeply involved in a nondenominational ministry group on campus where she was passionate about fostering intentional and inclusive community. She discovered Sojourners after extensively Googling “jobs with ministry, advocacy, and communications” and is thrilled to be working at an organization that allows her to connect these core interests while pursuing justice.
Liz was born and raised in Lancaster, Penn., where she developed a deep appreciation for rolling hills, farm fields, and the outdoors. She most recently fell in love with the Green Mountains while thru hiking the Long Trail in Vermont and looks forward to tackling more outdoor adventures in the future. Outside of the office, you can find her jamming to Spotify, color-coding her planner, running, rock climbing, and reading anything she can get her hands on.
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‘When Things Get Difficult, Will You Stay at the Table?’
MORE THAN A decade ago, photographer John Noltner began crisscrossing the United States to conduct interviews focused on this question: What does peace mean to you? The result was a multiyear, multimedia arts project called “A Peace of My Mind.”
Four exhibits, three books, and tens of thousands of miles later, the pursuit of peace has only become more important as the country trembles on ominous fault lines: Noltner put together his most recent book of interviews and photographs, Portraits of Peace: Searching for Hope in a Divided America, several months after the 2017 Charlottesville neo-Nazi riot, made final edits amid the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout from the murder of George Floyd, and sent the book to the publisher just weeks before the 2020 presidential election.
Portraits of Peace weaves together unique narratives while identifying ways readers can begin dismantling biases that lead to division. As Noltner writes in a benediction of sorts, “May these stories be a beacon and a compass to guide our journey” toward “encountering difference, navigating conflict, and finding a better path forward.”