Resources

In this section of the website we’re going to share as many resources as we can find that we think will be useful in this process. If you have a great resource to share, please email us a link. From time to time we’re also going to post examples of stories that we think could be great conversation starters (which means we might not always admire them, but we think they’re worthy of engagement). Search for those using the keyword “catalyst.”

Resources
  • Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories 21 March 2021
    The New Zealand government has a programme aimed at increasing understanding of the past by exploring Treaty settlements and their enduring impact. The stories are powerful and such a profound way to go about doing this.
  • Stories of faith produced by the ELCA 6 December 2020
    This is a rather more produced site, but it’s encouraging to see a national denomination thinking in terms of digital storytelling.
  • Data storytelling 2 December 2020
    Lydia Hooper has a nice piece up on using what she calls “data storytelling” to disrupt white supremacy culture. She is working off of Tema Okun’s piece on white supremacy culture.
  • StoryCorps toolkit 1 November 2020
    Here is a very useful toolkit for recording the kind of story that StoryCorps is famous for — great questions, conversation starters and such more.
  • Being church in a digital culture 30 September 2020
    It’s not technically only about story, but Dr. Frances Ford Plude’s new website contains almost all of her writing on theology, communication studies, and culture. There’s rich work here!
  • Episcopal Church resources for storying faith 25 September 2019
    The Episcopal Church in the US has put together some lovely resources for storying faith. Here is their main site, which includes an introductory booklet, and a full guide.
  • How stories invite empathy 15 September 2019
    Here’s an interesting essay, full of links to other resources, that is exploring how we might be “wired for empathy” and why stories cultivate emotions.
  • Unleashing the power of elders’ stories 4 May 2019
    Deborah Jorgens recently successfully defended her MA capstone project at Luther Seminary. Her paper is a lovely, concise, and eloquent description of the power involved in creating room for elders in a community to share their stories with the wider community. She was particularly focused on a Christian ministry setting that was predominately white and ...
  • Indigenous Storytelling 11 March 2019
    A lovely piece from the Duke Faith&Leadership blog about the epistemological convictions embodied in indigenous storytelling.
  • Storying resources from a specific congregation 2 July 2018
    Here’s a lovely post about the First Baptist Church of McMinnville, Oregon, and its use of storytelling to create community, remember history, and engage people beyond the sanctuary. The post includes a variety of very useful resources for doing this kind of storytelling particularly in the context of worship.