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JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD:
Stories from Mark's Gospel
90 minutes

THE LIGHT AND THE LIFE:
Stories from John's Gospel
110 minutes

IN THE BEGINNING:
Stories from the Beginning of Genesis
60 minutes

WHO HAS BEWITCHED YOU?
Paul's Letter to the Galatians
35 minutes

THE STORIES OF CHRISTMAS:
From John, Matthew and Luke
40 minutes

ALIVE!
The Easter Stories of the Four Gospels
40-60 minutes

APOCALYPSE:
The Revelation to John
75 minutes

IN THE BEGINNING, TOWARD THE MIDDLE, AND ALL THE WAY TO THE END:
From Genesis to Revelation
60-90 minutes

All times are adaptable; seasonal and thematic programs making use of these stories are also offered.

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
IF YOU TELL IT, THEY WILL HEAR

The Practical Art and Spiritual Discipline
of Biblical Story


  • experience together the power of biblical storytelling
  • make connections between lifestory and biblical story
  • consider the implications of the Bible's rootage in oral culture
  • reflect on the spirituality of having the stories by heart
  • learn techniques for internalizing and telling biblical stories
  • discover storytelling gifts and develop confidence
  • begin to internalize and practice telling a biblical story

Before there was an ink-and-paper Bible there was the breath-and-sound story. Current biblical scholarship is discovering that the oral culture from which the Bible emerged entailed a different kind of thinking from literate culture. Today, as new forms of communication are changing our world, we find that these ancient traditions are enjoying a lively resurgence.

Biblical storytelling revives this most basic language of Israel and early Christianity--the telling of the sacred stories, the narratives that make present God's saving deeds and grace.

Biblical storytelling invites the audience/congregation to enter into a story, which they experience as though hearing it for the very first time.

Learning these stories by heart equips us to look at our own stories differently and provides us with tools for ministries in education, liturgy, spiritual growth, leadership and caring.

The basic workshop is three hours. The more in-depth seminar version is offered in a one-day or overnight format. Both the workshop and the seminar teach the participants how to do exegesis "from inside out," and how to tell them in ways that let their life shine. Participants will actually learn and tell a story from one of the gospels.

RETREATS
GOD'S STORY IS MY STORY

The main task of adult life is the composing of our lifestories. As Erik Erickson has written, "To be an adult means among other things to see one's own life in continuous perspective, both in retrospect and prospect. By accepting some definition as to who we are, we are able to selectively reconstruct our past in such a way that, step for step, it seems to have planned us, or better, we seem to have planned it. In this sense, psychologically we do choose our parents, our family history, and the history of our kings, heroies, and gods. By making them our own, we manuever ourselves into the inner position of ... creators."

Retreat in Sacred Story Spirituality

Dennis Dewey's retreat experience explores the connections between the individual's lifestory and the sacred story tradition of Israel and the Church.

Through a careful process of prayer and reflection, small group discussion and plenary activities, participants will bring intentionality to the re-formation of their personal stories and will select a scripture story in which they will live and move and have their being for the duration of the retreat.

This adapted Ignatian process will entail an intimate encounter with sacred story and a deep listening for God in the dialogue between the scripture and lifestory.

A portion of the retreat will focus on learning and practicing techniques for learning the stories by heart or "internalizing the story", an ancient spiritual discipline of pre-literate peoples once again appropriate for a post-literate culture.

The retreat may be one day or overnight.