Biographies

ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ


Bishop Jeff Barrow
Bruce Berg
Diane Brauer
Darren Diggs
Bethany Fayard
Fern Lee Hagedorn

Erik Heen
Linda Herrera
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am 53 years old, born in a rural area of El Salvador, Central America. Thirty years ago, I came with my two children, then 5 and 2 years old, without documents to the United States, after I was denied a visa, to save myself and my family from the civil war that lasted 12 years and left at least 75,000 people killed.
I worked very hard to support my family in the United States, as well as my family in El Salvador, learning English and training myself to prepare for other types of jobs different from cleaning houses, elderly care, babysitting and janitorial work. In El Salvador I was working as a judge's assistant in First Circuit Court, studied at the National School of Commerce and got a diploma in Business Administration. I have been working with community organizations, non-profits, and I have also started and maintained my own computer networking business in San Francisco. In Arizona, I dedicated myself to advocate for the undocumented community. I organized and assisted with marches, protests, lobbying, media campaigns and all types of community education regarding the unjust persecution of the undocumented. I want to work toward a humane, comprehensive and just immigration reform, to stop the separation of families and the abuse in prison, hospitals and schools that undocumented families are victims of in Arizona and the United States. Human rights, workers’ rights, civil rights and constitutional rights for all working families are important to achieve peace with justice.
I am serving a second term as a council member of Faith Lutheran Church in Phoenix, where I currently live and continue my work as a community organizer.

Clare Josef-Maier

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I chose to pursue a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry after studying Religion and Women's & Gender Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. Currently, I am a therapist with the Lutheran Counseling Network. My great hope for this social statement is a truly prophetic and incisive voice in our current cultural climate, especially in challenging systems that perpetuate gender injustice and supporting the healing of those most deeply wounded by it.

An avid theology nerd and feminist, I am also unabashedly a Star Trek and Joss Whedon geek; I spend my nearly mythical "free time" enjoying Seattle's rainy natural beauty, drinking copious amounts of tea. I am a member of Ballard First Lutheran Church and candidate for diaconal ministry with the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod.


Lori Kochanksi
Sherry Liske
Kit Kleinhans
Mary Lowe
William Rodriguez
Heber Rast Jr.
Bishop Ann M. Svennungsen
Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld
Brad Wendel - Task Force Co-Chair

Church Council Advisors

Robert Moore
Pamela Pritt