Category Archive for: ‘Believing’

  • A Pentecost story

    Here’s a story that’s a bit different from the typical story I post here, but a kind of nice example of how to put music and text together in a compelling way:

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  • Story truth

    From Tim O’Brien: “[S]tory-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” That quotation comes from a blog post whose author argues that fiction might well be the best way to tell God’s story. Megan McKenna once said something similar, that “all of the stories in the Bible …

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  • Visio divina

    The Benedictine community originated lectio divina, which is a practice of slow, meditative, reflective engagement with scripture. The Benedictine community of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville has been the source of the first hand illuminated Bible in 500 years — the St. John’s Bible. They …

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  • Bethlehem Lutheran stories

    Ben Cieslik, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, has been gradually inviting people into telling their stories in the context of the community. It’s a great example of sharing individual stories contextualized in the midst of the scripture the community is studying. Here’s one of …

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  • The value of family stories

    Bruce Feiler has an interesting piece in the NYTimes in which he describes the power of family narrative. His work mirrors much that has been written about in digital storytelling. I particularly appreciated this comment: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell …

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  • Power of sharing stories

    Here’s a powerful example of what can happen with a community shares its stories more broadly, using digital tools and social media. …sharing our stories allows us to share our lives. Sharing our stories allows us to create new partnerships like the one that we …

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  • Storytelling as sacrament

    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 …

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  • Artifacts as catalyst for history/stories

    One of the more promising uses of digital storytelling in faith formation has been the pairing of young confirmands in Christian churches with a video camera, and a member of their community they don’t know well who is at least 40 years older than they …

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  • God in a teen’s world

    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 …

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  • Learning stories, learning community

    There are a couple of really wonderful programs in the Twin Cities of MN (St. Paul and Minneapolis), where young people learn leadership skills through learning media production. The Summer Media Institute of Migizi Communications is one such program: “We were originally founded to train …

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