Rev Rebecca Anderson (church planter, Gilead Chicago) is ordained in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has a MDiv from the University of Chicago and a BA in Playwrighting from Hampshire College. A believer in the power of the spoken word, Rebecca’s been on Snap Judgment (radio) and The Broad Experience (podcast). As a comic, she was featured in The Boston Globe and The Christian Century. In Chicago, Rebecca has worked with story-telling companies like 2nd Story, The Moth, This Much is True, and Do Not Submit. Rebecca has developed and teaches workshops designed to introduce the craft of storytelling, foster interpersonal connection, and develop the ability of individuals to interpret stories and other texts, including Scripture. These workshops have also happened in nonprofits like Interfaith Youth Core, and Family Matters (a Chicago after-school program). She has worked to create live performance events in her own congregation, with the Glencoe Interfaith Clergy Association, and for regional and national Disciples gatherings.