Workshop Details


C 5: Looking In then Reaching Out—Clayton Walsh

We will first read and then discuss many of the points outlined in the 1927 prose poem Desiderata, which outlines how to live a happier life. Participants will discuss with their partner their thoughts on the topics within, and how they appear in their lives. I want to dig in here. Hopefully opening up some insights based on the group's Desiderata discussion, I will lead participants in a letter writing exercise. Couples will be asked to hand-write a letter to someone who means a lot to them as a couple, or someone who is having a hard time and the couple would like to reach out to. After constructing the letter, couples will send it to the person they have addressed.

Clayton Carpenter Walsh grew up in and near Bryn Athyn and after an undergraduate degree at Penn State and Graduate degree at Drexel, settled into his current home in Warminster with his wife, Jolene and 3 children, Kya (13), Jaiden (12) and Alice (5). Clayton married Jolene in 2004. Clayton currently works for both the Bryn Athyn Boro, as well as the General Church. He also writes for the Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times newspapers as a freelance reporter, and is vice president of Charity in Action, which supports incoming refugees in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.




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.




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