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  • Photovoice and justice

    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, …

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  • Photography as spiritual practice

    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 …

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  • Storytelling as ministry

    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.

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  • Stories of grace in renewing church life

    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 listen to these stories, many …

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  • Becoming a “story collector”

    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 makes learning possible. I’m making …

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  • How to win an election — through story

    Here’s yet another Redglass Pictures short film, this one focused on how stories fund political campaigns. It’s absolutely fascinating to hear this political strategist talk about the story he told that helped get George Bush elected. This story is particularly fascinating given what happened in …

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  • Ken Burns on story

    Here is another Redglass Pictures film, this one is Ken Burns talking about story — and in it, he talks about how stories tell truths, and yet also manipulate.

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  • George Saunders on story

    Redglass Pictures is a studio that is focused on creating short, compelling films. This is one in which novelist George Saunders talks about what’s involved in creating a story — and how it brings us to truth. George Saunders: On Story from Redglass Pictures on …

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  • New work in media education

    Three new resources that I find particularly powerful in media education are the following: the 2017 issue focused on “Agency” of the Journal of Media Literacy (available for free) Sonja Vivienne’s book, Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) …

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  • 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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