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  • Truth in story

    Alan Hurst, who writes his blog from a Mormon perspective, has a fascinating essay up about the ways in which story hold meaning in faith contexts. He’s noticed that there are some powerful science fiction writers in the Mormon community (my favorite, Orson Scott Card, …

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  • When telling a story makes it come alive again…

    We are convinced that the “create/share/believe” circle is never ending, and an essential way to describe how storytelling works. You can enter the circle at any point, and go in either direction — share/believe/create, for example, or share/create/believe, or any endless number of combinations — …

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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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  • Hymn as karaoke

    Well, this is not what I would call a positive example of a digital story. This is an example of digital “karaoke.” That is, you could probably sing along to this video — since the organ accompaniment is there and the lyrics are provided — …

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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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  • Ken Burns on storytelling

    There’s a lovely piece up at The Atlantic introducing a new documentary film about Ken Burns that is premiering. I can’t wait to see the film itself, but in the meantime, there’s a short excerpt available: Among other notable comments, Ken Burns suggests: The kind …

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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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  • Where do you find God?

    Here’s a fun contest that’s being offered by Loyola Press. As the Cyber Pilgrim notes: Loyola Press is inviting catechists and their students to be part of a contest that encourages children to explore the inspiring and sometimes-surprising ways they experience God’s presence in their …

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  • Youth group transmediates Mark 7

    Here’s an interesting take on Mark 7, done by a youth group (with a little help from their youth ministry leader, Craig Mitchell):

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