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Luther Alumna, Katie Bergman, Publishes First Book

Katie Bergman (U’11) has been busy working on, and subsequently publishing, her first book since we last interviewed her for an Alumni Profile in the Fall 2014/Winter 2015 issue of the Luther Story. When Justice Just Is: Confessing Brokenness, Cultivating Joy, and Creating Space for Authenticity in the Justice Movement was released late in 2015 and has already received media attention, recently being featured in an article by CBC Saskatchewan (read it here).

Bergman graduated from Luther College at the University of Regina in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Justice. Her work as a Program Manager of Anti-Trafficking Projects for Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia was what inspired her to write this book, which she has described as “a way to start a conversation.” Her book calls for a change in the way that individuals in our society who take on positions of caregiving – social justice work, nursing, humanitarianism, etc. – are treated and regarded by both society and the individuals themselves.

Knowing first-hand what it is like to burn-out as a result of a lack of self-care, combined with the heavy load (emotional, spiritual and physical) that can often accompany work in the areas of social justice and humanitarianism, Bergman insists that the work, and the people themselves, cannot be glorified. Labelling those who provide aid in heroistic terms, she argues, leaves no room for actual human experience, emotion, and reaction; the result can be isolating.

Bergman came to the realization that she would not be able to help others achieve overall wellbeing and a sense of community belonging if she herself was in an unhealthy and isolated place. She began to consider the conditions in which she could do the best work in the humanitarian field, including the impact that work would have on her own personal growth.  In “Parched for Community,” a piece she wrote which appeared in shelovesmagazine.com, Katie writes, “The more I pondered, the more I realized my moments of wholeheartedly flourishing were always experienced in community. That is when it hit me: it is possible to survive in isolation, but it is an even greater possibility to thrive in community.”

In social justice and humanitarian work, helping to create and maintain a sense of community to which individuals belong is of paramount importance. "I had travelled the world, wondering when community would finally find me. I’m now realizing it is up to me to create community." It is clear that Bergman’s experiences as a Luther student, who also lived in the Luther College Residence, were infused with a sense of community. “I felt supported holistically,” says Katie when describing her on-campus experience. “Luther was really setting me up to be successful because anywhere I turned there was help in some kind of capacity, whether it was academic, spiritual, or social.” The positive impact that this support – in all its various forms – can have on a person certainly resonated with Katie during her time as a student at Luther, and it is clear that she has carried that with her in her travels and experience over the globe, and put it into practice in her social justice work.

Today, aside from promoting her book, Katie works as a Cultural Integration Youth Outreach Manager for a program in inner-city Winnipeg. She has also recently accepted a position as Director of Communications and Operations with the Set Free Movement. This is a faith-based, international non-profit organization that focuses on prevention of human trafficking and after-care for those who have survived human trafficking.

If you are interested in learning more about When Justice Just Is: Confessing Brokenness, Cultivating Joy, and Creating Space for Authenticity in the Justice Movement, a short video trailer of the book can be viewed here, or visit Bergman’s website at http://www.whenjusticejustis.com/. She is also active on social media and invites followers to her Twitter and Facebook pages.