Had a fun Mardi Gras interview with the Youth and Family Institute at Fuller Seminary. You can watch it here:
Local Ashland resident Craig Comstock wrote a nice article on the storytelling project I facilitate here in my home town. We recently had a number of bullying incidents at our high school that involved some arrests. We held a storytelling evening on the theme “Bullying” and it became a way for our community to address the issue–particularly with stories from bullies as well as the bullied. You can read the article here. Craig’s hope is help expand this model to other small towns as a way of building community, eradicating shame, and creating dialogue. This storytelling project is part of the compassion formation work that we are developing at the Center for Engaged Compassion.
Last fall I lead a workshop for the College for Pastoral Leaders at Austin Seminary on personal storytelling as a method of community transformation. Through narrative exercises, contemplative practices, and life story groups we explored ways in which personal storytelling could be used to heal shame, cultivate compassion, build inter-generational relationship, and create social transformation. The last night of the event we rented a bar and put on our own storytelling event entitled “Pastoral Confessions: True Tales from the Pulpit.” We had live music and hilarious as well as moving stories from people who work as pastors. I wrote an article based on this work for Austin Seminary’s Communitas. It’s called “The Gospel According to Everyone.” You can read it here.