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Daneen Akers is a writer, documentary filmmaker, teacher, and mother who believes deeply in the power of stories. Her latest project is "Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints", an illustrated middle grade anthology featuring original portraits and profiles of people of faith who worked for love and justice in their corner of the world, even if that rocked the religious boat. Daneen was a part-time resident in the San Francisco Film Society's inaugural FilmHouse program and received the Pacific Pioneer Emerging Filmmaker Grant. She co-produced and directed several documentary films that focused on identity, faith, and belonging, especially as related to LGBTQ members of the conservative denomination she grew up in. She's a former English teacher with a graduate degree from San Francisco State University.Daneen found that most of the books she'd read as a child that had anything to do with faith were not compatible with the type of faith she now has as an adult and parent. She knew she needed better stories for her own children, stories that help us transcend fears, connect with each other, engage in justice, and model an expansive and fully inclusive view of the Divine. She'd removed a lot of faith-based materials from her home that no longer fit, but she realized there weren't a lot of options for replacing those resources. As a storyteller, the clearest place for her to start adding back to their bookshelves was to tell stories about people of faith who have been motivated by a vision of a loving, just, and compassionate Divine, people whose faith works for the common good of us all. Given the enthusiastic response to the "Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints" book project, she realized she wasn't alone. There is a growing movement of parents and others looking to do better with the stories we tell ourselves and our children. You can find the book and additional resources at http://www.holytroublemakers.com.