Voices for Justice

Peace Church has a vital commitment to working for justice. We are energized and heartened by hearing each other’s stories. Here are brief stories from members of our community to help us learn from each other while we expand our visions and hopes.

René Montgomery:  “Be change you wish to see in the world.”

René Montgomery:  “Be change you wish to see in the world.”

This familiar quotation by Mahatma Gandhi is the guiding force in René Montgomery’s life. These words hang on the wall in her office at Cloquet High School, where she teaches English. As a teacher for over 30 years, René works to ensure that her students are given...

Jesse Schomberg: Protecting What We Have Been Given

Jesse Schomberg: Protecting What We Have Been Given

Jesse was raised outside of Fairmont, Minnesota, on a small farm built from the hope, passion and drive of his parents, Gary and Nancy Schomberg. Gary was an engineering tech for the city of Fairmont in addition to working the farm and livestock. Nancy worked at a...

Crystal Kaczmarczyk: Activist for People and the Earth

Crystal Kaczmarczyk: Activist for People and the Earth

Crystal Kaczmarczyk is a senior at Duluth East High School. She is also a passionate, thoughtful Peace Church Climate Justice team member. When asked what social concerns or issues mattered most to her, she wisely responded that it’s hard to decide—they are all so...

Alison Wood: “Don’t be afraid to talk to teenagers”

Alison Wood: “Don’t be afraid to talk to teenagers”

Working as a teacher wasn’t always Alison Wood’s vision. Although she had helped at day camps and in Sunday School in high school (and had a mother who worked in a school library), it wasn’t until college that she realized that teaching might be a good path for her....

Sara Carlson:  A Guide for Love and Justice

Sara Carlson:  A Guide for Love and Justice

When asked what she would most like to change in the world, Sara initially responded with a wry smile. “Everything!” She then focused on the issues that matter most deeply to her: the environment and immigration. She wishes our national parks were safe, that water was...

Benjamin Fena:  Becoming the Change He Hopes For

Benjamin Fena:  Becoming the Change He Hopes For

Benjamin Fena will be sixteen years old in early March, and he has been thinking a lot about his commitments and his capacity.  After attending a public elementary school, Benjamin decided he preferred home schooling. His parents, Libby and Andy, had a sense of his...

Angie Miller: Entertaining Angels

Angie Miller: Entertaining Angels

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.   Hebrews 13:2 Angie has lived this passage throughout her life, with a deep commitment to “feed, clothe and house people living on the margins of...

JT Haines: Truth-Telling for a Sustainable Future

JT Haines: Truth-Telling for a Sustainable Future

What social concerns or issues matter most deeply to you? What would you most like to change in our world? I think a lot about our economic system in general. I read a book last year called A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki in connection with a class I taught at...

Lisa Fitzpatrick: Doing Something About Climate Justice

Lisa Fitzpatrick: Doing Something About Climate Justice

Lisa Fitzpatrick:  Doing Something About Climate JusticeLisa Fitzpatrick was raised in a rich tradition that wove together links to the American Revolution and a Finnish natural sensibility. She grew up immersed in the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula of...

Beth Bartlett:  Bending the Arc Toward Healing, Harmony, and Justice

Beth Bartlett:  Bending the Arc Toward Healing, Harmony, and Justice

“Finding meaning in life, creating a just and peaceful world, healing and wholeness, and connection with the natural world have been the continual themes throughout my life.” For Beth Bartlett, the most pressing issue at this time is “climate change and all of the...