Silent Generation | Organizer | Worker's Rights
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 – Dolores
- Watch this story about how Dolores’ continues to be an activist (8 mins)
- Watch Dolores’ TedTalk on How to Overcome Apathy and Find Your Power (13.5 mins)
- What surprises or intrigues you about Dolores’ 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 Dolores’ life and work 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 Dolores either before or after the retreat.
- Watch the documentary on Dolores
- Read a chapter about Huerta and her work in The United Farm Workers Union
- Read the LA Times article Eternal Soldadera
- Read Resolution 37 of House of Representatives honoring Dolores’ work
- Read a short biography of Dolores
- Watch Dolores share Together, we make a difference (4 mins)
- Watch this short PBS clip on her early work in organizing (1.5 mins)
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.