Gen X | Author | Women's Empowerment
Get to know Glennon
- Listen to her NPR interview and/or read highlights: “There’s no map”: Glennon Doyle On Living An “Untamed” Life (6 mins)
- Watch her Good Morning America interview: Glennon Doyle dives into what happens when women find their voice (6 mins)
In preparation for the retreat, we are asking all participants to commit to approximately 1-hour of pre-retreat learning. The goal of this “assignment” is to establish a foundation of knowledge about our central biblical figure (Amos) and your pre-selected modern Holy Troublemaker. You can download and print this PDF or use a journal for note-taking as you read/watch the materials.
Part 1 – Amos
Read Amos 2:4-3:10, 5:7-15, 9:9-15
How would you summarize Amos’ message (based just on these passages) in 10 words or less?
Why is God going to punish Judah & Israel? What are their wrongdoings?
How do you think ancient Israelites felt hearing this message? How does the reading make you feel?
The book of Amos focuses largely on God’s anger with Israel’s corruption, but that’s not the whole story. What hope for an alternative future does Amos end with?
Part 2 – Glennon
- Watch this video starting at 1:20: From My Cold Dead Hands (4 mins)
- Read this article: At a church in Naperville, Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle get radical
- Watch this segment of her interview with Oprah: The Dangerous Ways We Tell Our Truth to the World (2 mins)
- What surprises or intrigues you about Glennon’s story?
- What impediments or challenges has she faced? How did she respond to those challenges?
- What motivates her work? What is at stake, and why does it matter
- How does Glennon’s message reflect the Gospel?
- What social justice issues do YOU feel strongly about?
Here are some additional resources to consult if you wish to learn more about Glennon either before or after the retreat.
- Momastery – the online community Glennon started her writing
- Together Rising – the nonprofit Glennon founded
- Listen to Glennon on Brene Brown’s podcast
- Listen to Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach Un-becoming on the On Being podcast
- Watch Super Soul Session Talk – First the Pain, Then the Rising
- Watch Ted Talk – Lessons From the Mental Hospital
- Watch Super Soul Conversations – The Power of Embracing Your Beautiful, Messy Life
- Watch Glennon speak at the Change Makers Conference
Jennifer Edwell MTS, PhD
Jen has a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University, a Master in Theological Studies from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a Doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Last fall, she taught reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her partner (Dr. April Edwell) and their toddler (Bex). Social justice and ethical reflection are central to her work as an educator, researcher, and member of the beloved community.
Kate Smith MA, MDiv
Asking questions, taking risks, embracing humor, and creating opportunities to put faith into action are all hallmarks of Kate’s calling as a follower of Jesus, the ultimate Holy troublemaker. Kate has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University as well as a Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Master of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Kate has been serving in the local church since 2007. She was appointed to Hyde Park Community UMC in 2017 and ordained as a deacon in 2018.