I have many secular friends who carry a strong critique of Christianity and religion in general. I agree with most of their criticisms. I have many Christian friends who carry a strong critique of secular, non-religious life. I agree with most of their criticisms as well. All of us are trying to figure it out and there is no easy answer. I did a long interview with Nomad Podcast in the U.K. They talked with me about my present work, the life of the soul, and the dark night. This is one person’s attempt to talk about the spiritual life with integrity. You can listen to the podcast here.
I have been interviewed on BBC Wales, BBC Wales (in Welsh), BBC Wales Television, and now BBC4 (the program for the whole U.K.). There is great interest as to why an American would move to Wales for 6 months. Here is an article from the Anglican News Service on what’s happening here.
The Diocese of St. Asaph within the Church in Wales has invited me to be a Teacher in Residence beginning February 15, 2016 through August 15, 2016. I will work to help train and establish a number of community storytelling projects similar to The Hearth here in the United States. In addition to the community storytelling training I will work to help develop a youth ministry training program and do some spiritual formation work with local priests. I am grateful for this new adventure and eager to learn from the Welsh people who have a rich and diverse bardic and Christian tradition.
Old family friend, writer and artist Jim Hancock made a wee video of a story I told about a rite of passage I went through at the age of thirteen. Take a look. You can purchase it for $2. Link is here.
Two upcoming opportunities to explore The Power of Personal Storytelling for ministry, professional development, and community activism. Based on Mark Yaconelli’s work with The Hearth Community, these two full-day workshops will assist participants in understanding how to use a variety of narrative projects and processes for building community, addressing healing individual suffering, and inspiring social action. Information below:
November 20, 2015: Charolotte, NC. Sponsored by Union Theological Seminary, Selwyn Presbyterian Church. Info is here.
December 5, 2015: Saint Paul, MN. Sponsored by the Lutheran Synod of Saint Paul Information is here.
The Hearth was profiled on Immense Possibilities, a local television and online program here in Southern Oregon. The focus of the show is on the power of personal storytelling. You can watch the episode here:
If you are anywhere near Southern Oregon you will want to attend the best holiday event of the season. We’ve collected six of our best storytellers to share true tales around the theme “All in the Family” for our once-a-year fundraiser for The Hearth. Tellers include Joshua Boettiger, Mary Landberg, Juliet Grable, Lorraine Cook, Michael Fitzgerald, and Mark Yaconelli. We have special music with Wendi Stanek, Duane Whitcomb and an incredible backup band. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. Mulled wine, spiced cider, and homemade holiday treats. Cost is $10, all proceeds benefit The Hearth. Location is 1800 E. Main in Ashland, Oregon (Temple Emek Shalom). Doors open at 7pm, program begins at 7:30. Get there early to find a seat.