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.”

  • 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.
  • Lesson plans with picture books 1 June 2018
    Storypath is a site I’ve mentioned in here before, but I am reminded this morning of the excellent lesson plans that they have made available to use with strong picture books.
  • Photovoice and justice 16 August 2017
    Photovoice is both a practice and a research methodology, and it is energizing and empowering to see the ways various people are using this medium to nurture justice: Wendy Ewald, professional photographer who is a passionate advocate of photo voice work the Chiapas Photography Project, a photo voice project in the Chiapas region of Mexico Photography as a ...
  • Photography as spiritual practice 16 August 2017
    Sr. Liz Thoman, long time advocate of media education, spoke with me often about her joy in doing photography as a spiritual practice. It is lovely to see that Eileen Crowley has extended this idea and developed a website to help people engage photography through this lens.
  • Storytelling as ministry 16 August 2017
    Dr. Eileen Crowley, professor at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, has created a lovely website on “storytelling as ministry” in which she shares pragmatic resources and lovely examples.