We’re empowered by telling our own stories, rather than consuming the stories others create about us. We find we’re not alone when we hear about the lives of others. We learn about the on-going work of God in the world when we hear and tell stories from the Body of Christ.
Storytelling isn’t a new thing. As people of faith, we have always valued stories for the meaning they carry and convey. We hear and tell ancient stories of scripture, and bear witness to each other about what we have experienced of God in our lives and in the world.
And, in some ways, it is a new thing. Storytelling is having a moment. You can hear live, true stories almost every night of the month in the Chicago area – and the places are packed with people. Earshot believes we, the church, can and should get in on it.
Rev. Rebecca Anderson is the founder of “Earshot Storytelling”. She is going to lead a workshop in Quincy at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in November. You will learn how to strengthen your skills of crafting and telling stories. You will learn how to think outside your usual stories and expand what counts as a worthwhile story to share in a faith community. You will deepen your relationships, connect with your neighbors. The dream is real!
All are welcome. There is no cost.
Register today at fccquincy.org/storytelling or call 217-222-0812.Download Flyer
Storytelling Workshop Schedule
Thursday, November 14th
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Storytelling: Craft and Practice workshop. Come with ideas, drafts (if you want to), and questions – or just show up!
Goals: introduce this style of first-person storytelling; share tools for participants to craft their own stories; generate ideas for lots of stories for participants to tell. Additionally: inspire 6-8 story-tellers to take part in the event on Saturday Evening.
Friday, November 15th
Half hour one-on-ones with Rebecca for storytellers to finetune their stories.
Saturday, November 16th
9 a.m. – Noon
Storytellers gather to workshop their stories together, and to practice. Saturday afternoon Rebecca will be available as needed.
Saturday Evening: Story–Telling Event
All are welcome, whether you are telling a story or not, to this community building event.
Storytellers arrive at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Stories at 7:30 p.m.
(This is a tentative schedule and the location is to be announced.)