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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
  • 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.
  • Storytelling as sacrament 19 January 2013 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 wider contexts!
  • God in a teen’s world 1 December 2012 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 York. As catechists we are always looking for ways to help ...
  • Andrew Stanton on “story” 28 August 2012 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 no greater ability than the gift of another human being ...