Leaf Seligman tells a powerful story in this TEDx talk about the ways in which the stories we tell can make and break connection, can draw us beyond the “either/or” worlds too many of us inhabit.
Maria Popova has a lovely reflection on Neil Gaiman’s lecture on “How stories last.” Both are definitely worth the time!
An inspiring story from the World Association of Christian Communicators that explains how to support storytelling with women as a means to empower women.
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.
Storytelling can be profoundly powerful — powerful enough to change the ways in which we see each other. Geek Club Books is a nonprofit devoted to using storytelling to engage autism. They have a ton of useful resources on their website, as well as support for younger writers.
Here is a powerful example of two young women sharing their stories of faith through spoken word:
Sometimes people worry that getting children involved in interfaith work could be confusing, or cause them to doubt their own community’s stories. Actual practice suggests otherwise, with children actually being drawn more deeply into their own community’s stories, even as they engage others with respect. Here’s an example, from a group based in Albany, NY: …
The Fund for Theological Education has an excellent short — and free! — resource for embodying something they label “vocation care.” The guide has within it some powerful story prompts that get at faith formation questions, as well as useful tools and background theories for engaging them well. Look at pp. 16-29 in particular.
Here’s a story that’s a bit different from the typical story I post here, but a kind of nice example of how to put music and text together in a compelling way:
The Benedictine community originated lectio divina, which is a practice of slow, meditative, reflective engagement with scripture. The Benedictine community of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville has been the source of the first hand illuminated Bible in 500 years — the St. John’s Bible. They have also explored a form of lectio that works with …