How has the story changed in a new generation?

How has the story changed in a new generation?

By: Tell us about your spiritual journey.” The simple request hung in the air. I anxiously scanned the new members around the table. I had not been at the church long, and the congregation set in place the new member ritual long before they called me to serve...
The power of story in congregational life

The power of story in congregational life

By: The novelist Henry James once said, “Stories happen to people who can tell them.” In other words, learning stories helps us give shape and meaning to experience; without them, we are victims of circumstance. The kinds of stories we learn shape how we experience...
Storying to Build an Atmosphere of Trust and Mutual Respect

Storying to Build an Atmosphere of Trust and Mutual Respect

By: Al Mulder Storying is the telling of our stories. Although “storying” is not in any dictionary, it is part of the vocabulary at Faith Alive Christian Resources. Storying was introduced to Faith Alive by D. John Lee, a psychologist at the Michigan State University...
Telling transformative faith stories

Telling transformative faith stories

By: Several years ago, I sat at the notorious Sing Sing Prison in New York listening to a convicted murderer tell me his story. He told me about the night he had been accused, and later convicted, of killing a 92-year-old woman after breaking into her house with two...
Exploring Your Muse

Exploring Your Muse

By: “A story is a picture that I have in my head that I wish you could see. In order to move that picture from my head to yours, I use everything I have: my face, body, voice, my sounds and words. And when you laugh, it doesn’t say, ‘That was funny.’ When you laugh,...
Experiencing the story of  God’s love as a child

Experiencing the story of God’s love as a child

By: It was cold and snowy as I drove downtown to the church early that Sunday morning. I shivered as I walked into the cathedral-like Presbyterian church where I worked as the Christian education director. I wondered if there would be any children in Sunday school. As...