Binding Wounds, Unbinding Chains… We are UNBOUND
Unbound Local Organizers are volunteers working on the ground and in their local area, congregation, or campus to:
- provide a consistent social media presence for Unbound,
- seek out new contributors to the journal and encourage interactive participation,
- report to Unbound, through a process of intentional listening, the justice needs and issues most pressing in their locations, and
- carry out the community organizing mission of Unbound, translating the journal’s discussion and analysis into practical and strategic action for their communities, fueling a grassroots movement already underway as they collaborate with ongoing efforts and seek to mobilize people for justice.
Local Organizers are the hands, ears, and eyes of the Unbound community. Through trust-based relationships in their respective communities, they discern what people on the ground care about. What are folks struggling with? What are their concerns? What are they anxious about? Angry? Joyous? By carrying these voices to Unbound, Local Organizers are key players in determining the trajectory and themes of the journal and online community. You will often see them writing and commenting on articles. Then, using the resources, analysis, and strategic thinking of Unbound, Local Organizers go back to their communities and translate issues/concerns into action—all with the support of a national Unbound community, including its varied skills, knowledge, relationships, and creative ideas.
Meet Your Local Organizers
Emily Morgan is a student at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Candidate for Ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She graduated with a BA in History in 2009 from Drury University and plans to pursue congregational and college ministry. She also recently started a website designed to reach young adults not involved in faith communities to get them thinking about issues in the 21st Century and how they relate to spirituality and religion. Read more at www.fightthebees.com.
Josh Newton is a second year Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary. He plans to continue his education through doctoral studies and hopes for a career in the academy. His research focuses on whiteness studies, critical race theory, and religion.
Grant Wadley received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010 and is currently an adjunct professor of ethics and religious studies at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey, where he is gathering support for social change at the college and in the surrounding communities. Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, Grant was raised in the Southern Baptist and Presbyterian traditions but tends to identify himself as “ecumenical.” In his free time, he loves traveling, playing soccer, and singing karaoke.