We are surrounded by stories. In our daily conversations, at work, on NPR, in what gets told (and retold) at every family holiday–we are storytelling people. As people of faith, our traditions are also full of stories, and these stories carry meaning and power.
This event will center on the meaning and power of storytelling. First, through a presentation and Q&A we’ll explore the role of stories in both spiritual and ordinary contexts–those in which Chelsea is most familiar and also your own. Then we’ll dialogue about what makes a good story and which stories are significant to us. Lastly, we’ll do some brainstorming, reflecting, and work on our own roles as people who hear and tell stories.
In a world compounded by noise, in a cultural context in which words so often feel empty, where “thoughts and prayers” are not enough, what work can a story possibly do? This gathering will be an exploration of just that. RSVP today through our Facebook event! We hope you can join us!
Presenter’s Bio: Chelsea Cornelius is a Master of Divinity candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School and is seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church, USA. She currently serves as the Student Pastor at Gilead Church–a storytelling church startup that meets in a bar on Sunday evenings in Chicago. She also has five years experience as a writing instructor and is currently employed at the University of Chicago Writing Program. Her previous ministry work includes chaplaincy at Cook County Jail and serving as an Intern and Ministry Associate at Pres House in Madison, WI.