Where do you place your faith these days? Last week, I continued the Life’s Work series with the life’s journey and faith of Gabriela Murillo in Life’s Work: Being Present. Since then, I had an overdue phone call with my friend Angel Edmond, whom I met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In fact, she is one of the first people I met in college as we stood in line and waited to get the keys to our dorm rooms.
We had not spoken to each other much in recent years; however, if this pandemic is good at anything, it is helping me find time to reconnect with friends who have not been part of my daily life in a long time. Join me in finding out how Angel maintains her faith and commitment to social justice during these difficult times.
This Q&A has been edited for clarity.
Tell me about yourself.
I work at the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) for the City of Chicago as a senior public information officer. Additionally, I serve as a youth counselor for Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.
I am also a proud graduate of three institutions: Moody Bible Institute (M.A. in Biblical Studies), Roosevelt University (M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. in Agricultural Communications – Journalism).
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, hiking, shooting pool, scrapbooking, volunteering in the community, watching the news, and learning more about my faith.
What does the term life‘s work mean to you?
The term life’s work means being committed and dedicated to the work I believe I was called to do with passion and fulfillment, while positively impacting the world around me.
Do you have some thing or some things you consider your life‘s work?
Yes, I serve as a member of the youth ministry at my church, feeding the homeless and working as a public affairs professional executing media and community outreach projects for the City of Chicago.
How has your life impacted your work?
As a result of growing up in impoverished and violent neighborhoods, I pushed myself to focus on my faith and future goals. Instead of dwelling on current situations, I have always strived to create better circumstances in order to have a successful and fulfilling career and help others.
What do you consider to be the highlights of your life‘s work?
I have been blessed to have several highlights from my life’s work which, includes studying under amazing faculty at three higher education institutions; being mentored by amazing spiritual and professional leaders; traveling to multiple countries in Europe and Israel; and working for organizations such as iHeart Media Chicago, Mayor’s Press Office, and currently COPA.
What have you learned through your experiences?
First, I have learned that I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me as stated in Philippians 4:13 of the NKJV Bible. The Apostle Paul who wrote half of the New Testament is known as one of the most prolific Christian leaders. He was a full-time tentmaker, and outside of his career he did ministry work. Similarly, I have learned a valuable lesson that it is possible to overcome difficult situations and use your time wisely to pursue your life’s work through career and ministry efforts. I have also learned that you cannot always control your circumstances but you can control your response and live a life of positivity.
What do you hope to experience in the future?
I hope to become an impactful Christian leader globally that improves social justice issues. I also hope to become a public affairs spokesperson for the City of Chicago, who helps to create positive change through a number of efforts including police reform, violence prevention, and youth development.
How do you hope the workforce evolves in the future?
I hope the workforce treats all people equally, creates more professional growth opportunities based on the needs of the community, and compensates individuals properly for their talents and contributions.