Believing

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How could we have a site focused on any form of faith formation, and not talk about believing? But how do we talk about belief on a site that seeks to be open to multiple faith traditions? Some websites solve this problem by seeking to be so generic that no one is offended. We’d like to support a different approach. We want people to speak as clearly as they can, and as specifically as they can. We hope for very particular stories. Think of a poem, which might describe an utterly unique experience but do so with language that resonates far beyond the specific moment. We hope to provide access to ideas and tools that generate engagement and conversation. Our primary value for this site is precisely that: open and respectful engagement across differences in the pursuit of faithful and faith-filled truth.

Digital storytelling is a wonderful tool to use in support of this value, because it promotes clarity and care in the telling of stories while at the same time providing a mechanism by which they can be widely shared. In this section of the website we will point to a variety of stories, and also post items that might be of theological interest.

  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Stories of grace in renewing church life 16 August 2017

    The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame has a regular podcast featuring "stories of grace" which are often quirky and interesting stories fro specific contexts which are aimed at "nourishing Catholic imagination." It's fun to...

  • Becoming a “story collector” 20 May 2017

    This essay is a powerful illustration of what is possible when we allow ourselves to live in wonder and curiosity, to approach other stories with an open mind, and to hold our own stories with a degree of humility that...

  • New work in media education 25 March 2017

    Three new resources that I find particularly powerful in media education are the following:...

  • Commercials for theological reflection 22 March 2017

    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...

  • Remembering the Holocaust 27 January 2017

    As we pray and remember this Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is worth noting the "power of individual stories." Javier Torres writes:...

  • Healing America’s spiritual pain 9 September 2016

    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."...

  • Haven for Queer storytellers 30 August 2016

    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...

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