Believing

Photovoice and congregations

“Photovoice” is a research strategy/community intervention model. One of the faculty on my dissertation committee, M. Brinton Lykes, has done extensive work with this strategy in circumstances where people are recovering from horrific warfare trauma. Now it is also being used in congregational settings. This piece has a nice overview, along with a useful example.

Guestbook at Boston College

Guestbook “is an international project committed to transforming hostility into hospitality, enmity into empathy, conflict into conversation.” It has created room to exchange stories by inviting young people in divided communities throughout the world to tell their own stories, listen to the other side, and create a new history.

Sandy Sasso on story

Those of you who have been reading this weblog for a while will know that we think that story is an essential element of faith. Sandy Sasso is one of my favorite authors of beautiful picture books, and in this post she reflects on the role of story in religious education.

Storying peace

Surely one element of “storying faith” includes “storying peace,” a profound project for photographer John Noltner.  He has been exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time. His website, book, and exhibition hold a wealth of stories with gorgeous photos of the storytellers accompanying them.

Stories of conversion

Here’s an essay in the Christian context about using storytelling as a way to deepen faith sharing.The author, Jim Merhaut, uses moments of conversion as the foci and argues that there are five elements to such stories: Love Inspiring Witnesses Gospel Connections Holy Engagement in Community Taking Up the Mission What do you think?