About Susan I. Miller - Peace Activist, Published Author, and Photojournalist
How I started
Maybe it was in third grade, when I wrote a three-line poem all by myself that stood out among my classmates' parent-assisted poetry. Or in high school when I entered the Prince of Peace essay contest rather than the speech contest because I was shy but still wanted my voice to be heard, and won first place in Fulton County. Or was it the attention to grammar, parts of speech, and spelling that my high school teachers drilled into us?
At any rate I learned to write reports, do research for term papers, document and support facts and quote opinions as I worked my way through college, majoring in elementary education since I was interested in a wide range of subjects. I chose my graduate school, Indiana State University, because it offered six credit hours for a geography and geology trip to Alaska. Finally, I studied at seminary without a clear call to pastoral leadership, and learned while doing a summer student pastorate that I was actually more interested in the church women's periodical writing and editing job of the pastor's wife than in preaching or administration.
Becoming a mother stirred some of the deepest feelings in my life and strengthened my voice to advocate for anyone who looks, learns, acts or reacts differently than those around her. As a mother and grandmother, a Christian and peacemaker, a writer and photographer, a teacher and traveler, I hope to honor and encourage each person who also wants to leave a legacy of peace, hope and love.
I have been writing for publication nearly 40 years. My book, Breaking New Ground, A History of First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis, was published in 2016. My published photographs have accompanied many articles and news reports. I am taking art photos and travel photos that I want to use on cards or posters.
I used writing and photography skills on Christian Peacemaker Teams and solidarity peace delegations to Bethlehem and Hebron in the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian Territories and in working with my husband, Mel Lehman, in Common Humanity (commonhumanity.org) efforts for peace in the Middle East.
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What sets me apart?
My combination of writing, photography and peace activism is my forte. Also, I'm the only Mennonite woman that I know who met her future husband on Times Square and who now lives in rural Kansas and in New York City