Generation Z | Poet | Racial Justice
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 – Amanda
- Watch this 2018 interview: Special Needs to a Harvard Freshman, 19-year-old, Amanda Gorman (10 mins)
- Watch her 2019 TedTalk: Using your voice is a political choice (7 mins)
- Read this article response to Gorman’s Inauguration Poem: Amanda Gorman, my grandma and the Black tears we cried (~ 5 mins)
- What surprises or intrigues you about Amanda’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 Amanda’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 Amanda either before or after the retreat.
Watch “The Hill We Climb” & Activism Through Poetry – The Daily Social Distancing Show Interview
Watch The Late Late Show Interview – Amanda Gorman is Giving Americans Hope
Watch Amanda share her Moth story “Roar” about trying to find her big break in auditioning for Broadway
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.