Category Archive for: ‘Naming’

  • Commercials for theological reflection

    I frequently invite people — in my classes, in church settings — to do theological reflection using commercials. Patricia O’Connell Killen long ago published a lovely book with an excellent process in it for more general theological reflection, which I have adapted. You can download …

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  • Healing America’s spiritual pain

    That’s the substance of a profound essay by Serene Jones appearing at Time.com. Her prescription for healing America’s spiritual pain? “We need a new common narrative about who we are as a country.” I won’t quote the whole essay — please read it! — but here’s an excerpt: …

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  • Haven for Queer storytellers

    Rainbowfamilytree.com calls itself a “Haven for Queer Digital Storytellers and their friends and families.” Using the core processes of digital storytelling this site (StoryingFaith.org) advocates, RainbowFamilyTree offers dozens of stories created by individuals who seek to share both the joys and the sorrows of their …

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  • Simple rules for reckoning with emotion

    Bene Brown is both empathic and eloquent, and she is sharing her wisdom with the world in all sorts of ways. I’m fond of this short piece that was Oprah.com years ago, and think it’s worth pointing to yet again. In it she suggests four practices …

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  • Neil Gaiman on stories

    Maria Popova has a lovely reflection on Neil Gaiman’s lecture on “How stories last.” Both are definitely worth the time!

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  • C21 issue on faith and stories

    Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century program just released an entire issue (fall 2015) of their resource magazine devoted to faith and stories. Check it out!

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  • And the Word went viral…

    I can’t resist sharing this essay I wrote a year ago – it’s now available for free at the America Magazine website — and it briefly describes how I think biblical story “works” in the world we’ve living in now.

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  • Storytelling as sacrament

    Although this blog post is not about digital storytelling, I think the points she is making apply equally well to digital stories. It might be that a congregation such as this could even consider recording the stories as they are told, and sharing them in …

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  • God in a teen’s world

    We are hoping to gather examples from all over of ways in which people are using digital storytelling in faith formation. Here is an example that comes from Cheryl Smith, who is the Eastern Region Resource Administrator in the Roman Catholic diocese of Syracuse, New …

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  • Andrew Stanton on “story”

    Andrew Stanton — one of the filmmakers who brought us Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E — visited TED recently to talk about story. I love this quote from his talk there: Wonder is honest, it’s completely innocent. It can’t be artificially evoked. For me, there’s …

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