Will Young

Editorial Assistant

Born and raised in the Washington D.C. exurbia of Fredericksburg, Virginia, I recently graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and minors in Political Science and Business. Spending the past four years in the heart of the religious right was a very enlightening, albeit very frustrating, time in my life; more than anything, I walked away from Liberty with a thorough understanding of the foundational political and social divisions within Protestantism. I served as editor-in-chief of Liberty’s campus paper for the past year, during which time I led a newsroom that strove to publish unbiased and fact-centric content—challenging a university administration which sought to censor important issues and a campus culture that encourages Donald Trump’s belligerent fight against mainstream news outlets.

I became invested in social justice issues as a student journalist who spent a lot of time reporting on Lynchburg City’s pervasive problem with intergenerational poverty. Reading books and articles about poverty’s connection with other societal plagues—racial injustice, the school-to-prison pipeline, climate change—further impassioned me, and I became increasingly curious how Christianity fits into these issues, bringing me to Sojourners.

I find myself constantly reading a lot of non-fiction by talented journalists, namely There are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz, The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover. In addition to trying to make the world a better place, I enjoy hiking, D.C. sports, and documentaries about things I don’t know about.

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Death Row Chaplains Confront Hurdles In Mass System of Injustice

by Will Young 12-19-2018

The day before Adam Ward was slated to be executed, he sat in a visitation booth at the Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas with Rev. DeAnna Golsan, a woman he had never met before. During the months prior, the two — Golsan, a Texan pastor who believed in the merit and morality of the death penalty, and Ward, a man who was sentenced to death — had become unexpected pen pals after being connected by Ward’s mother, an attendee of Golsan’s church. Golsan felt she knew him well, yet, upon meeting Ward, she was forced to confront that the 33-year-old soft-spoken man who cared mostly about his mother was somehow slated for death.