Many of you have had the opportunity to meet organizing interns David Choi and Joshua Sullivan, who have been with FAN all this year. We were so grateful to have them on our organizing team and now wish them well as they finish their internship and continue working for justice.

Joshua had a few words to share about his experience: “Much of what FAN does in Washington State revolves around Olympia: organizing, sharing, shaping and advocating for our legislative agenda with individuals and faith communities; making appointments and organizing forums with legislators; creating coalitions of secular and interfaith leaders; and much more for progressive policy change. There is, however, so much more that FAN does for Washington, and the U.S. as a whole. For one, it helps shape faith leaders sensitive to the need for justice in America. Not only am I an intern at FAN, but also a candidate for ordination in the Lutheran church. The learning opportunities I experienced this year were made possible only through the generous giving of FAN’s advocates and supporters. It has been my pleasure to preach at faith communities, teach forums, organize events and help out whenever possible with FAN’s important voice—not only in the legislature—but in so many other public spaces in Washington and in the U.S. Because of you, I am now a more competent faith leader—one who is able to articulate the dire need for people of faith to connect the dots between their spiritual values and the work needed to uplift the common good.”

David has some parting words as well: “One thing I especially appreciated about this year were the opportunities to interact with those of other faith backgrounds. Interfaith relationships from opportunities in the community (e.g., Find Your Lane event) to partnerships with other organizations (e.g., Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition) further enriched my time with Faith Action Network. It’s not often you find a community like this, and we need these now more than ever. Thank you all for a wonderful year of service.”

Chasity Jones, our organizer through the United Methodist Church Global Mission Fellows program, will be sticking with us for the second year of her program. We are so grateful for her and for the faithful work of both Joshua and David this year.