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Kylie Oversen


Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks


Law student, state representative and chair of the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party


I found my faith when I came to college and to Christus Rex. My faith developed alongside my passion for social justice.


My fi rst experience with church was baptism! I was raised Lutheran, but I was only really able to connect with the church in my 20s.


As a young adult in the church, much like in politics, we need to fi nd a balance between tradition and progress.


I pray for all those who are struggling, for whatever reason, and for humility and patience.


I struggle with saying no.


An issue I’m fi ghting for is economic security for women and fami- lies. This includes access to education and health care, freedom from violence, adequate pay and fi nancial assistance, and more.


Most people think religion and politics are mutually exclusive. I have found the opposite to be true in North Dakota—in good and bad ways.


I hope fellow young adult women will feel empowered to become engaged in issues of social justice, in whatever ways make sense to them. The avenues for engagement and activism are truly endless.


In 10 years, I see the church living in spaces much diff erent than it currently does. I hope the church and its work continues to grow outside the four walls of a physical sanctuary.


I believe in people and in our common humanity.


As a state representative, I miss a lot of important family and friend time, but I’m working on better balance and prioritizing.


I’m a Lutheran because I believe the church should be a welcoming and inclusive place for all, and I’ve found that place in my Lutheran church.


To read more from Oversen, visit LivingLutheran.org, where she responds to more prompts. Sentence prompts are provided to each person featured. If you’d like to nominate someone for “I’m a Lutheran,” email megan.brandsrud@elca.org.


12 MAY 2016 VOICES OF FAITH


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