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Primary Advisor/Thesis Chair
Patricia Weaver Francisco
Secondary Advisor/Outside Reader
Godtown is a collection of personal essays by Hillary Walker, on becoming an urban missionary in the neighborhood of Frogtown in St. Paul, Minnesota. The mission of Godtown is to create safe-sober community and events for at-risk young adults. This work challenges us to confront compassion, grace, powerlessness, and what it means to work in community with a community that is not innately your own. How learning to love people, even when you may or may not receive anything in return, is an important part of personal growth and of faith. It is about beginning to see those who are overlooked, whether it be close to home at a community picnic, or in a place as far away as North Korea.
Personal essay, Memoir, Essay, Lyric essay
Walker, Hillary, "Godtown" (2017). Creative Writing Programs. 8.
Creative Writing Program