Communications Associate

Miguel Petrosky first joined Sojourners after discovering the Sojourners Fellowship Program while serving as a second-year Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) with the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Lusaka, Zambia — his first year as a YAV in New Orleans, La.

In New Orleans, Miguel worked with an adult-education program in the downtown library as both an assistant teacher and a community-education assistant who assisted clients with applying for SNAP benefits, unemployment insurance, and other government services. In Lusaka, Miguel worked as a 6th grade teacher at a community-school, which is a type of school aimed towards orphaned and vulnerable children.

Miguel grew up in Covington, Virginia — a paper-mill town in the heart of Appalachia. A graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Miguel received his B.A. in government with a minor in music and was active in both the faith and music communities around campus.

Miguel was raised in the Pentecostal tradition, but became a Presbyterian while in college, and in many ways, carries a Pentecostal vibrancy in how he lives his faith within the reformed tradition. Miguel likes to think that he can take out the “frozen” out of the “frozen-chosen.” An avid reader and writer, jazz-pianist and classically-trained singer, Miguel also describes himself as a “horribly-recovering coffee addict.”

Miguel enjoys trips to museums and art galleries, classical-music concerts and recitals, and tries to use as many puns within a conversation as socially acceptable. He is excited to be closely looking at the intersections of faith and politics while in intentional-community.

Posts By This Author

Christian QAnon'ers Want to #SaveTheChildren. They're Making Things Worse

by Miguel Petrosky 10-28-2020

A supporter of President Donald Trump wears a QAnon shirt after participating in a caravan convoy circuit in Adairsville, Ga., Sept. 5, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

Why does QAnon resonate with these evangelicals? Part of the answer is their strong political alignment with the president, but it’s also true that evangelicals have long organized around the issue of human trafficking. And according to the major anti-human trafficking organizations in the U.S., that axis of devotion and suceptibility due to political alignment is creating a nightmare for their work.

This Isn't the First Time Christians Have Opposed A Racial Justice Movement

by Miguel Petrosky 07-02-2020

Although more politically conservative and evangelical voices are joining in the #BLM chants of “No Justice, No Peace,” there are undoubtedly shaky voices and (perhaps hostile) minds who hold that while black lives do matter “in theory,” radical institutional change is far too dangerous and subversive, if not completely un-American.

Dangerous Theology: Dissecting the Faith Arguments Against Social Distancing

by Miguel Petrosky 03-24-2020

A worker in a protective suit disinfects the St. Antuan Catholic church in Istanbul, Turkey March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

Despite the switch of rhetoric on the coronavirus in the past week from both President Trump and Fox News, some church leaders still refuse to close their doors. They tend to fall into a few different camps.