The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Standing for justice

Advocate bests 'city hall'

At 87 years old, June Kjome still stands on a downtown La Crosse, Wis., street corner each week—advocating for peace. A founding member of the local unit of Women in Black, Kjome is passionate about making a difference in the world.

“I think of the example of Jesus in his ministry,” said the longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, La Crosse. “He worked with people on the fringes, the margins—all the people who were powerless in his society.”

June Kjome likes to quote the African
June Kjome likes to quote the African proverb on this Church World Service poster: “If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.”

A former bush nurse at a Lutheran mission in South Africa for 19 years, Kjome later worked as a nurse in a La Crosse hospital for 20 years before retiring. Her years in Africa made her “an activist and a feminist,” she said. “I heard God’s call and I was anxious to do his work.”

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