Capstone/Thesis Title



Fall 2017

Upload Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Primary Advisor/Thesis Chair

Patricia Weaver Francisco

Secondary Advisor/Outside Reader

Angela Pelster-Wiebe

Degree Name



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.


Hillary Walker lives in Minneapolis, yet spends much of her time in St. Paul working at an inner city mission. Her writing topics vary from the struggles of an urban setting to a childhood spent in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields. During her time at Hamline she also served on the CNF editorial board for Water~Stone Review, and mentored undergraduate students as Associate Editor for the Runestone Online Literary Journal. Besides writing, she takes pleasure in a keen Scottish jig or reel, and if you look carefully she can be spotted dancing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival as a part of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.


Personal essay, Memoir, Essay, Lyric essay