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In this section of the website we’re going to share as many resources as we can find that we think will be useful in this process. If you have a great resource to share, please email us a link. From time to time we’re also going to post examples of stories that we think could be great conversation starters (which means we might not always admire them, but we think they’re worthy of engagement). Search for those using the keyword “catalyst.”

  • 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...

  • George Saunders on story 21 April 2017

    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....

  • 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...

  • Historyapolis 16 February 2017

    While it is not a digital storytelling site, per se, the Historyapolis site in Minneapolis combines photographs from various archives with blog posts offering more information about the stories from the photos. It's a really interesting and innovative use of...

  • 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:...

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