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“You have called me by name,” rings out Isaiah. Naming is a very important part of belonging, and belonging is a key element of most faiths.

We thought about creating a page of definitions for this site, but that seemed more limiting than expanding. At the same time we realized that it might help people who come to explore and use this site to think about certain kinds of processes. What do people mean by “faith,” for instance? What do people mean by “community”? In this section of the site we’re going to explore how we name certain elements of this work. These explorations will have commenting enabled, so that we hope you’ll join in the conversation about how we name what we’re doing.

Naming
  • 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.
  • 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 have adapted. You can download my handout, based on her book. And here are some commercials ...
  • 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.” I won’t quote the whole essay — please read it! — but here’s an excerpt: As Americans, we have a “theological” national story we tell about our ...
  • 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 and the sorrows of their experiences as GLBTQ people in the world. No matter your ...
  • Simple rules for reckoning with emotion 20 August 2016 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 that can help you to “reckon with emotion and change ...
  • Neil Gaiman on stories 24 January 2016 Maria Popova has a lovely reflection on Neil Gaiman’s lecture on “How stories last.” Both are definitely worth the time!
  • C21 issue on faith and stories 11 October 2015 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!
  • And the Word went viral… 13 July 2015 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.