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I am so excited to participate in the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College April 12-14, 2018.

I will be on a panel, “Family Business” and will also be introducing a featured speaker, Afaa M. Weaver.

Earlham School of Religion (ESR) will have a display table at the conference, so please drop by and find out more about ESR.

Festival of Faith and Writing

Family Business:

The Problems and Possibilities of Writing about Our Kids’ Lives Beth Adams, Amy Julia Becker, Micha Boyett, Grace Ji-Sun Kim Our lives, and our children’s, intersect. But what stories are “mine” to tell, and what stories belong to them alone? In what ways can telling our family stories, including anecdotes about our children, harm them? In what ways might it benefit them? What will our kids think when they read about themselves later on in life? How do we protect them and write about them at the same time?

Panelists address both practical concerns and philosophical questions about how to welcome strangers into our family’s stories while also protecting the privacy of our children.

Commons Annex, Commons Lecture Hall Friday April 13, 11:30 a.m.

Beth Adams

Beth Adams is an executive editor at Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. She acquires both fiction and nonfiction for the Christian and inspirational markets. Some of the authors she’s worked with include Karen Kingsbury, Roma Downey, DeVon Franklin, Allison Pataki, Laura Schroff, Katelyn Beaty, and Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold. She is also the author or coauthor of more than thirty novels under various pen names.

Amy Julia Becker
Memoir, Spirituality

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks on faith, family, disability, and privilege. She is the author of Small Talk: Learning from My Children about What Matters MostA Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny; and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. Her latest book, White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege is forthcoming.

Micha Boyett

Micha Boyett is the author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer. A former youth pastor, she’s particularly interested in monasticism and ancient Christian spiritual practices—as well as how they inform the contemporary life of faith. Boyett holds an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University and speaks regularly on a variety of topics, including motherhood, prayer, and special needs.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Spirituality, Theology

Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an ordained minister in the PC(USA) and associate professor of religion at Earlham School of Religion. Noted for her work in the fields of feminist, post-colonial and Asian American theology, Kim is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, most recently Mother Daughter Speakand Embracing the Other. She has also written for publications including TimeThe NationFeminism and Religion, and Sojourners.