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C 6: Children are People Too—Coleman and Anne Glenn


Children Are People Too: Our Successes, Failures, and Ongoing Adventures in Respectful Parenting

In raising our kids (currently ages 3 and 4) we’ve tried to practice respectful parenting (drawing on elements of attachment parenting, gentle parenting, Montessori methods, and RIE, among others), with our foundational principle being that children are people too and ought to be treated with the same respect that we give adults. We’ll talk about some of our soaring successes, our abject failures, our thoughts on the spiritual side of parenting, and our ongoing growth in learning to raise our children better.

Coleman Glenn was born and raised in Bryn Athyn, PA. In 2009 he graduated from seminary and was ordained as a minister in the General Church of the New Jerusalem. Since his ordination he has served in congregations in Toronto, Dawson Creek (British Columbia), and Durban (South Africa). He currently works as religion professor and assistant chaplain at Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, religion teacher at Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools, and young adult pastor for the General Church of the New Jerusalem. Anne Grace Glenn was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Raised Presbyterian, she developed an affinity for Catholicism in university and nearly became a nun. She retains a strong appreciation for ecumenism. She is currently a student in the Masters of Religious Studies program at Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, where she is focusing on children and worship, two of her passions. Coleman and Anne Grace met at a wedding on December 30th, 2011 and were married a year to the day later on December 30th, 2012. They have two children, Samuel and Eleanor, and live in Huntingdon Valley, PA.