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.


  • 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.


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 [email protected], or call 212-870-3187.


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


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.

Tameka Bell

Tameka Bell is a nationally recognized communications professional who leverages skills in storytelling, training, journalism and strategic narrative to help organizations tell better stories and win campaigns. Tameka is the producer of the Prophetic Resistance podcast and as an experienced communicator, she has coached spokespersons to testify on Capitol Hill and appear in local and national media – including MSNBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times. She was the national communications director for the March for Black Women and led communications for Let My People Vote, a community organizing campaign that successfully lobbied to restore voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians.

Tameka has led trainings with more than 1,000 grassroots leaders – from first-generation immigrants and those returning from incarceration to clergy leaders and nonprofit executives. In 2014, she designed and led a communications and media seminar at Harris-Stowe State University for youth activists in Ferguson, Missouri. Her training portfolio includes active bystander intervention workshops that help to empower communities to combat situations of identity-based violence and “She Speaks: A Restorative Narrative Workshop for Black Women,” which centers the experiences of Black women who are often pushed to the margins of the margins.

Tameka holds a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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.

Kamara Rose is a multimedia storyteller. She directs and produces narrative content for changemaking organizations, including the Partnership Fund for New York City, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Grameen America, and Whole Planet Foundation. In addition, she guides organizations to use the power of storytelling and visioning to build collective capacity and strengthen leadership. Prior to her work as a professional storyteller, Kamara organized with Faith in Action and UniteHere, empowering community leaders and clergy from across the United States to make transformative change in the criminal justice system and public/private healthcare systems. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary. She produces and hosts the podcast, Everyday Changemakers.


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