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"SHARE A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD" is, when it comes to biblical storytelling, much more than just a catchy motto, catch-phrase or slogan - it's a real possibility.

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"Share a story - Change the World" . . . for Real

"SHARE A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD" is, when it comes to biblical storytelling, much more than just a catchy motto, catch-phrase or slogan - it's a real possibility. Not just with children, but with adults, as well. With "church-attenders," and with prison inmates.
One of the most powerful aspects of biblical telling is that the life that is changed may well be, and often is, the life of the teller.

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A Story About The Book of Genesis

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Tales of Faith Storytelling Conference

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Comment by Jim Brule on August 16, 2010 at 9:16pm
There's not any problem with anyone of any faith participating in the conference call - whatsoever! :)
Comment by Rachmiel Tobesman on August 16, 2010 at 8:12pm
Got back from NBS conference and met many fantastic people who truly share the love of Biblical Storytelling. Dan LeMonnier was the featured teller and he was great. Let's share and grow in the art of telling stories of faith.
Comment by Brenda Pritchett on August 16, 2010 at 6:11pm
I received an email from Story Runners, a group sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, that is hosting a training camp for telling stories from the Bible. It will be held October 25-29th in Orlando, FL. The cost is $350. More info @ www.StoryRunners.com
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on August 16, 2010 at 10:38am
Jim,
Do you know if there would be any objections to non-Jewish storytellers sitting in on the sessions. It says it's nondenominational, but I'm presuming that just means "Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Jewish Renewal, and unaffiliated."
Comment by Jim Brule on August 15, 2010 at 6:40pm
This coming Sunday evening, come hear (via free conference call) two of the living masters of Jewish storytelling as they speak about maggidut (the art of inspirational storytelling). Don't miss this opportunity! Details here: http://www.jewishspirit.com/confcall_082210.html

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Comment by Dan LeMonnier on August 15, 2010 at 6:06pm
Got home last night from the Festival Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytelling where I was blessed to be the Festured Teller. It was a gratifying experience and the worship and workshops were inspired! Best of all I got to meet and talk to Rabbi Rockmiel who is an impressive guy! you ask insightful questions, Rock. I look forward to working with you.
Comment by Tom Taylor on July 28, 2010 at 9:20pm
Beautiful, Lois!

What an absolutely wonderful experience for both you AND your audiences; an excellent approach to the assigned task, and I am certain that they truly enjoyed your time with them, and that, as they grow to adulthood, they will still recall the time they spent in your presence - THAT, Ms. Lois, is a ministry!

Thanks for sharing - with them AND with us -

His continued/continuing Blessings upon you and yours, Lois....

(and thanks, too, for sharing some of the stories you used...there are some I've not used in a good while, and now I'm excited to share them again at the first opportunity - I Love Pots Cracked and Empty, both...Wonderful!!!)

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Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on July 26, 2010 at 12:31am
Tom encouraged me to write about the program I mentioned on July 16. I told as part of a day camp our church operated for a week. This is in addition to the annual Vacation Bible School. The camp theme apparently had an ecological focus & how it fit God's plan was what I was requested to tell.

Started each group with the 7 days of Creation, zeroing in on Day 6. Talked about the importance of understanding the beginnings of any story & that Genesis is The Book of Beginnings.

It's funny, but doing 3 groups (each had mixed ages) I wound up telling the most stories to 1st group & the least to the 3d. Don't know if that means I went into too much detail at the end & too little at the beginning. Usually it works the other way around as I manage to streamline what I'm saying. Of course I tried to match the needs & interests of each group.

I sometimes tell in voice & sign & each group got at least 1 story told that way as it's a good way to reach some kids who might remember it better that way. Told the African story of The Name of the Tree. (It goes by various names, as does the name of the tree itself. There's an old version called The Bojabi Tree.) The animals are dying during a drought. There's a tree with all the fruits of the world on it, but they can't reach it; not monkey nor giraffe, some asked about snake, & these kids were the only ones I've told this story who mentioned birds. I stressed it was so unusually tall even birds couldn't get the fruit. It's remembered the tree will bow down & give its fruit IF it's name is called out, but only king Lion knows & he's far away. First deer, then elephant go for the name, but each forget it. Only a young tortoise succeeds. Generosity in this & other stories was coupled with the way we're meant to take care of all creatures & the earth. That was how the stories fit the ecological theme & the command we are given by God to care for it.

I also told 2 pot stories: The Cracked Pot (does good by watering flowers its owner planted on the path from water source to where water is sold) & The Empty Pot (Chinese emperor has no line of succession so gives out seeds to interested children & says in a year the best result from the child will select successor. Boy usually excellent gardener can't grow anything, but stands in line anyway. Other boys make fun of him. He's chosen for being brave enough to tell the truth as seeds were boiled.)

The 1st group also got in voice & sign the Siberian pourquoi tale about Bear Is Hungry which tells how chipmunk shared all his stored food with a bear who woke up in the spring before it was time for any of the bear's usual food to be ready.

There are other stories I could have told, too, but that was all the time I was given. I didn't attempt to tie our care of the earth to the problems from our lack of care going on in the current news. I figured the ones who knew would catch that & the ones who didn't weren't ready for it.

So often we're told what story to tell to fit an ongoing series, whether Vacation Bible School or Sunday School, so I enjoyed the chance to develop this. There's always a way, the important thing is choosing with Biblical support & being sure the group knows that tie. For the kids we use a child-friendly Bible version & I like to have the kids see me 1st read to them from it. I always let them know how they can find it if they wish later.

Hope this helps.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on July 16, 2010 at 10:10am
Of course, Hello, from someone. It's been quieter than at a Quaker meeting around here lately.
Current thought: ways to adapt ecology stories to show how it all fits God's plan.
Comment by Pam Holcomb on July 14, 2010 at 6:58pm
Hey Tom: I got the e-mail message from you. Good to hear from you my friend! - Pam
 

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