Modern Day Flappers is a one-on-one interview podcast dedicated to exploring women's identity beyond traditional scripts. Our hope is for listeners to discover their own story in the lives of the women interviewed and cultivate love for themselves and those around them. Rev. Nancy Hawthorne is an energetic and creative pastor in the United Methodist Church living in Nashville, TN.
Body Obsessed with Marcia Mount Shoop
Have you ever had the opportunity to have a long and deep conversation with someone who's book transformed your life? That happened to me when I interviewed Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop.
Unlike the tragic movie The Fault In Our Stars, my experience meeting the woman behind the book was incredible. I was nervous but her gentle presence helped me relax within minutes. I continued to learn what it means to live my faith in my body or, in theology words, understand embodiment.
Her book Let the Bones Dance gave me poetry and prose to help navigate the issue of sexual violence on college campuses in my thesis. Her book Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse opened my eyes to the good and need for healing in sports.
I'm in good company the New York Times interviewed Marcia too.
You should also follow Marcia's Blog.
Being Strong with Sarah Wilke
Check out Sarah Wilke's incredible work at the Upper Room!
Military Service and Valuing Dignity with Tiffany Daugherty
Abroad in the Army during September 11, 2001
Speaking Life with Rev. Toi King
Pastor of Nancy Webb Kelly United Methodist Church and Associate Director of Community Care Fellowship
A song that inspired Toi: I’m Still Holding On
Another story about Toi's incredible Work
Good Friday Witness with Jeannie Alexander
Good Friday is a day for lament. Jeannie Alexander speaks to the sorrow of prison while at the same time speaks words of hope and restoration about the future. This conversation is tough, but it's one of the best interviews I have ever had and my heart and mind are still wrestling with our conversation.
Modern Day Flappers is a podcast dedicated to exploring women's identity beyond traditional scripts. My hope is for listeners to discover their own story in the lives of the women interviewed and cultivate love for themselves and those around them.
This interview with Jeannie Alexander was recorded in the 4th Story Theatre at West End UMC Wednesday night event called Current.
Jeannie Alexander served as the Head Chaplain at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution for three years until September 2014. Prior to that, she was the volunteer chaplain for two years. As chaplain, she facilitated the creation of an unprecedented number of programs for insiders, both in minimum security and on “death row.” Before this, she worked as an attorney, but left the practice of law to become a community organizer and to complete a graduate degree in theology and ethics. As an educator, she’s been a professor of philosophy, ethics, and religion. As a pastor, she’s served and developed interfaith communities in prison based on a model of liberation theology, as well as served as co-pastor to Mercy Community Church, a congregation where 85% of the members were experiencing homelessness. She is the co-founder of Amos House and Open Table Nashville and was a writer for and sat on the board of The Contributor for several years. Two of her essays are published in And The Criminals With Him, and she features significantly in the documentary Tent City, U.S.A., available on Netflix. She lectures and preaches frequently on the topics of mass incarceration as slavery, mandatory sentencing, and the death penalty. She understands the Gospel as a manifesto for radical liberation now on earth and an invitation to experience God through the living presence of others.To read the Scripture story of
The Gerasene Demoniac read Mark 5:1-17 and Luke 8:26-37
More about prison reform can be found at No Exceptions.
Nancy's Thoughts on Season One
A podcast dedicated to exploring women's identity beyond traditional scripts
My hope is for listeners to discover their own story in the lives of the women interviewed and cultivate love for themselves and those around them.
Things I learned this season:
1 -- I didn’t realize this Modern Day Flapper journey was really about how hard it is sometimes to be a woman pastor.
2 – I have the most amazing friends.
3 – Men have stories of how they can’t live up to the traditional scripts too. It’s hard for everyone.
Season Two of Modern Day Flappers will be released in March of 2015. I am so excited about some of the women I have reached out to interview – but I am also thinking that I might interview a few men!
Now I’m going to talk about some of my favorite moments:
Fran: “I don’t think you know who that woman is yet.”
You never know who will be inspired by the ashes…
Heather Lefkowitz -- How do we make peace with scripts?
Emily: Have you experienced the tension between: “I need to not care what anyone thinks about me and I’m so desperate for love and connection.”
Lis: “La esperanza es que se pierde lo ultimo” – Hope is the last thing that you would loose.
Betty Nixon: We need to invite someone who disagrees with us!
How do you figure out your own style or voice? “Now I know what I’m supposed to sound like.” Have you had that moment?
Megan’s interview held the most surprises!
Carolyn German, "The status quo is allowed to step in and say 'you’re crazy.'" -- Breaking a stereotype: You get to choose who you want to be!
“Now I Become Myself”
By May Sarton
Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces,
Run madly, as if Time were there,
Terribly old, crying a warning,
‘Hurry, you will be dead before-‘
(What? Before you reach the morning?
Or the end of the poem is clear?
Or love safe in the walled city?)
Now to stand still, to be here,
Feel my own weight and density!
The black shadow on the paper
Is my hand; the shadow of a word
As thought shapes the shaper
Falls heavy on the page, is heard.
All fuses now, falls into place
From wish to action, word to silence,
My work, my love, my time, my face
Gathered into one intense
Gesture of growing like a plant.
As slowly as the ripening fruit
Fertile, detached, and always spent,
Falls but does not exhaust the root,
So all the poem is, can give,
Grows in me to become the song,
Made so and rooted by love.
Now there is time and Time is young.
O, in this single hour I live
All of myself and do not move.
I, the pursued, who madly ran,
Stand still, stand still, and stop the sun!