FAITH-ROOTED STORYTELLING & PUBLIC NARRATIVE

IDENTIFY AND PRACTICE TELLING THE FAITH-ROOTED STORIES THAT MAKE SENSE OF OUR LIVES, OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR CAUSES, AND OUR TIME IN ORDER TO MOVE PEOPLE TO CARE AND ACT FOR JUSTICE.

The Faith-Rooted Storytelling and Public Narrative workshop explores the various ways story is at the heart of social change, revealing how story has served the great religious and social change movements throughout history, and how it shapes our current realities. Half-day or full-day trainings available.

YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH…

  • Auburn’s storytelling theory (a faith-rooted blend of homegrown, community-based peoples’ traditions, Marshall Ganz, neuroscience, and faith and wisdom traditions).
  • How to write your story and find your voice.
  • How to tell your story in a compelling way.
  • Ways of offering and receiving valuable feedback to improve your delivery.

FAQ/CONTACT US

Our trainers travel anywhere in the U.S. and around the world. We also have a state-of-the-art meeting space in Manhattan. Trainings are offered for a fee, and occasionally Auburn can assist groups in fundraising to cover the training costs.

Contact our Director of Program Operations, Courtney Weber Hoover at cwhoover@auburnseminary.org, or call 212-870-3187.

RESOURCES

Inspirers and partners:

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, TED talk: The danger of a single story

Bailey, Rev. Jen and Micky ScottBey Jones at Faith Matters Network

Bell, Tameka and She Speaks: Restorative Narrative for Black Women

Ganz, Marshall on Moyers & Company, PBS, 5/10/13.

Lau-Lavie, Rabbi Amichai, founder of Lab/Shul and Storahtelling

Vandecarr, Paul, Storytelling and Social Change Guide

The Narrative Initiative, Toward New Gravity: Charting a Course for the Narrative Initiative

TRAINERS

Rev. Kellie Anderson-Picallo is a minister and media professional. She is an ordained Presbyterian PC(USA) minister and a former PBS and Discovery Channel producer who has received awards including a Time Magazine Award, an Emmy Award and 2 Telly’s before turning to a Call to ministry. A frequent preacher and teacher, she knows the power of the media to create social change. The co-creator of the weekly social media platform 90-Second Sermon, she consults, produces and project manages for churches and organizations. After years serving an innovative pastorate, Kellie now serves as the Director of Engagement at Auburn. She received her M.Div at Union Theological Seminary.

Jennifer Bailey, an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in the multifaith movement for justice, was named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, an interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities. Jennifer comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits combatting intergenerational poverty. An Ashoka Fellow, Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow,  and Truman Scholar, Jennifer earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes regularly for a number of publications including Sojourners and the Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Jennifer is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Rev. Ashley Harness is a communications strategist with almost a decade of experience in non-profit media work and is also ordained in the United Church of Christ. When she is not enjoying leading worship, standing for justice or listening deeply in pastoral care at Lyndale United Church of Christ, she consults with the Center for Progressive Renewal to help progressive churches across the country grow. Ashley also consults through Auburn Seminary’s digital organizing and media teams, providing confidential training and counsel to religious leaders seeking to use social and traditional media as a pulpit. You can follow her writing on the Huffington Post. Ashley received her Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in 2012 and her Bachelor of Arts at Brown University in 2005.

Daniel May began his organizing career building tenant unions in the South Bronx before moving to Los Angeles to found, with other organizers, One LA-IAF, the Los Angeles affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation. While in Los Angeles, Daniel led a campaign to uncover and end police profiling and abuse of undocumented immigrants in Maywood, CA and spearheaded the IAF’s outreach to the LA Jewish community. He then served as Political Director for the Service Employee International Union’s Campaign to Improve Assisted Living. From 2010-2014 he was Director of J Street U, overseeing its growth from 6 campus chapters to over 60. Early in his organizing practice he began to recognize the transformative power of narrative, both for its role as a means of message communication and for its capacity to transform participants and develop agency among leaders. He has conducted hundreds of trainings in organizing and in the role of narrative in building effective political organizations, for audiences as diverse as immigrant activists in Los Angeles to Rabbinic students in Jerusalem. Daniel has a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is currently a PhD candidate in Religion, Ethics and Politics at Princeton University.

TESTIMONIALS

Storytelling is an effective way of communicating. Auburn can help you as as they helped us to hone in on the passion that hides in all of us.

– Rev. Sally Bingham, Founder of Interfaith Power and Light