Conference 75-Minute Workshop SA1
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Workshop Level: Intermediate
Augustine (Austine) O. Duru, MA, MDiv, BCC
Regional Director of Mission, Ethics, and Pastoral Care
The work of chaplains often intersects with the stories and lived experiences of those they serve. Stories ignite our imagination; they help us transcend cultural boundaries and the barriers of time. Stories affirm who we are, and allow us to experience the links between ourselves and others, real or imagined. We use stories to make meaning of our lives. In addition, stories help us engage the complex narratives of pain, struggles, joy, grace, peace, reconciliation, and triumphs. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the art of storytelling as a way to nurture a culture of encounter in the context of chaplaincy – and learn how to harness the power of good story telling techniques to enhance and transform our ministry. A necessary prerequisite is an active imagination.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Learn to articulate and celebrate their own stories, and connect people to and through storytelling.
- Learn to identify key themes in the stories they hear, and understand how narrative serves as an important category of spirituality and healing.
- Learn good storytelling techniques they can apply to multiple ministry situations and settings.
Educational Materials (recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
– Mellon, N. Storytelling and the Art of Imagination (2003
– Karia, A. TED Talks Storytelling: 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best of TED Talks (2015)
– Walsh, J. D. The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting and Unforgettable Story (2014)
Presentation Materials (items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
– None provided by the workshop presenter