Category Archive for: ‘Catalyst’

  • 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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  • Curiosity is the place to begin

    A lot of people have pointed to the auto-tune remix of Mister Rogers that was floating around the net this spring, but Clayfire media is the first attempt I’ve seen to draw lessons from it for designing worship. Their primary point is that our curiosity …

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  • Story without words

    Here’s a great digital story that tells a story without really using words. Yes, there’s a song going on in the background which deepens and layers meaning, but to the extent that there is a narrative it’s one that you, as the person who engages …

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  • A train of hope

    Here’s a powerful short video story about a group of women who regularly prepare and offer food to the people clinging to the sides of freight trains as they seek passage into the US from Mexico.

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  • Unsung hero contest

    GiveMN has launched a video contest in which they are making available a free download of a Mint Condition song, and asking people to use it to create a video about an “unsung hero.” The prizes include $1000 that you can give to an organization …

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  • The Work of the People

    “The work of the people” has long been a phrase used to describe liturgy. Now it’s also the name of a thoughtful website which gathers up the work of artists who produce media for communities of faith. They also produce a video magazine, Alter Video, …

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  • More than that

    A recent Diane Sawyer special, Children of the Plains, prompted a group of school kids in the Todd Country School District (which serves the Rosebud Sioux Reservation), to create this alternative digital short telling their own stories: (Hat tip to Dakota O’Leary unplugged)

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  • Spaghetti invites anyone?

    Here’s an example of a Lutheran church in the Denver area (Ascension Lutheran) which has created very short video pieces showcasing youth as a way to invite/entice people to be involved with their spaghetti fundraiser. While these are not formal “digital stories” nor are they …

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