“You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.”—Anthony De Mello
Some people thing we’re made of flesh and blood and bones. Scientists say we’re made of atoms. But I think we’re made of stories. When we die, that’s what people remember, the stories of our lives and the stories that we told.–Ruth Stotter
Join the SPU School of Theology, Office of University Ministries, and Pivot NW in a morning training in personal storytelling with Mark Yaconelli.
This morning training will be an exploration of personal storytelling in ministry. Through presentation, contemplative exercises, theological reflection, and a variety of narrative practices, participants will encounter the power of personal storytelling for spiritual formation, outreach, social justice, and other ministries. The workshop will give participants practical skills for telling stories, creating narrative events, and assisting others in “giving testimony” to the work of the Spirit in their lives.
- Coffee and light pastries will be served.
- Child care can be provided upon request by February 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 206-281-2654
- Proceeds from the event will be used to support storytelling events for local churches.
- Parking will be free on streets or on lots as there is space. Passes will be emailed out to ticketholders the week of the event.
Bio: Mark Yaconelli is the founder and executive director of The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular Folks, a registered non-profit that assists communities, faith groups, and service-based agencies in using transformational storytelling practices to deepen relationships, bridge divisions, and mobilize for social action. Through the Hearth, Mark has produced and led projects for The Ford Family Foundation, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, The Center for Congregations, The Church in Wales, The Mexican-American Cultural Center of Austin, The Oregon State Department of Human Resources, Asante Hospital, and many other institutions and agencies. Mark is the co-founder of The Center for Engaged Compassion and for ten years founded and directed the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Mark is an author, retreat leader, and popular speaker. His most recent book is The Gift of Hard Things (IVP 2016).