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2018 Workshop Overview

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WEDNESDAY


1) NBS 101  Pt. 1 “Keep These Things in Your Heart” (Theme Scripture Deut. 6:1-9)

Barbara Tucker
A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

In Biblical Storytelling 101, participants will go through the steps of learning a biblical story and discover how the story connects to their lives. The process includes repetition, rhythm, art, highlighting key words, meditation, and group interaction. At the end of the workshop, the group members will be well on their way to telling Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and able to learn other biblical stories.

Barbara Tucker has over 40 years of experience teaching people of all ages in church and public-school settings. She graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served the First Baptist Church of Greenwood, South Carolina from 1990-1995. Currently Ms. Tucker is an active member of University Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas and received her basic level certification from the Academy for Biblical Storytelling in 2017.

 

 

2) You've Gotta Have Heart!

Joyce Johnson 

Learn and tell a biblical story that longs to be told: Three women with enough heart to save a child’s life (Exodus 2:1-10). Also, come to make your personal and contemporary connections to a renewed call to “Have a heart for the Children!”

Joyce Johnson is an NBS Master Certified Biblical Storyteller. She serves in Christian Education and is leader for Biblical Storytelling Scripture-by-Heart Ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Indianapolis. She is co-presenter of Biblical Storytelling Workshops at Indiana Women’s Prison. Joyce received her MACE degree from Christian Theological Seminary and DMin under the mentorship of Tom Boomershine at United Theological Seminary. She is author of Sowing Stories Deep in the Soul: Biblical Storytelling with Adolescent Women.

 

3) Anointed and Appointed: Hearing God's Call

Cynthia Maybeck

Do you need to recharge your energy for following God’s call? You will explore biblical stories in which prophets and disciples are called into service; hear and tell personal stories about God calling people into action; and share strategies for keeping our spiritual lives vibrant. God calls each person into faithful and prophetic action throughout his or her lifetime. Come to recapture the joy of your journey in biblical stories.

Rev. Cindy Maybeck, founder of Spirit Story ministry, designs original presentations blending biblical and personal storytelling to bring God’s word to life and to inspire the church to move forward in faith with hope and joy. She has 24 years of experience as a church pastor and master certification from the Academy for Biblical Storytelling. Her stories leave audiences transfixed and inspired; many report experiencing healing and a deep sense of God’s love. www.cindymaybeck.com

 

 

4) The Narrator as Character

Marti Steussy

Although we notice tones of voice in our own tellings, biblical storytellers often assume that the biblical narrator, whose words we are learning, is just providing "background" for the story characters, or preaching a lesson to us. In this workshop we will discuss the variety of tones biblical narrators use, talk about strategies for grasping the narrator's personality, and experiment with narratorial tone in storytelling.\

Marti Steussy is MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emerita at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples) and has been doing biblical storytelling for decades, in the original languages if she thinks the audience will sit still for it!

 

5) Improvisation Skills for Storytellers

We will learn and practice some of the dramatic techniques of improvisation. The basis of improvisation is to say "Yes...and." In this workshop, we'll explore, through practice, how we might use these techniques in storytelling to say "yes" when the unexpected happens.

Madelyn Campbell is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and the first Unitarian Universalist to become a certified biblical storyteller. She also serves as a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol, where she's been telling and promoting biblical storytelling among cadets, senior members, and other chaplains.

 

6) Provoking the Stories that Provoke You: Exploring Stories That Are Difficult or Dangerous 

Richard Swanson         

You know what stories I mean: Women cut into pieces, enemies slaughtered (including all their cattle), trenches are dug between “Us” and “Them.”  Storytellers (and even people who don’t think of themselves that way) have wondered about these stories, and sometimes avoided them like one of the plagues that God’s opponents (or friends: see Isaiah’s Servant, or the book of Job).  In this workshop, we will explore ways to provoke and perform some of these stories.

Richard Swanson, professor of Religion/Philosophy/Classics at Augustana University, directs the Provoking the Gospel Storytelling Project, a troupe of actors that explores biblical narratives and creates performances of them.  He has published five books, all with “Provoking the Gospel” in the title. His next project is a play, Real as Air, which explores his sister’s life with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  It will be performed on the Augustana mainstage in the fall of 2018.
 

 

7) STORY THEATER

Bert Ambrose
Uncle George

Just like Uncle George, we never know what or who will wander into our lives touching us, as well as others, with unconditional love

Elizabeth Adkisson
David and the Wife of Nabal  

A telling of the story of Abigail who risks everything to stop David from a sin of bloodguilt.

Phil Ruge- Jones
Exodus 1-4

 

Rev. Bert Ambrose, the Storytelling Pastor, an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ, currently serves Emmanuel UCC in Valley City, OH. He is a member of the National Storytelling Network, a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers (NBS), where he currently serves on its Board of Directors, and is a member of the NE Ohio Guild of NBS. Bert is a 2014 participant at the “Swappin’ Ground” at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and a 2016 participant in the Medina County (Ohio) Arts Week Festival.

 

Elizabeth Adkisson is an ABS certified Master Biblical Storyteller. Her ABS educational resource, "Finding God Alive! Reclaiming the Life in the Stories of God through Communication and Embodiment Skills," has been the basis of several FG workshops in presenting multiple characters in stories. Her 2018 workshop also draws from her educational resource. Coming from 30+ years of directing and teaching performance skills, she focuses on adapting those skills to benefit biblical storytellers.

Phil Ruge-Jones has been telling biblical stories for almost a quarter of a century. He coordinates the NBS Scholar Seminar and was the 2017 Festival Gathering Keynote speaker.

 

8) Self-Directed Coaching

Timothy Coombs

Coaching for the Storyteller is a 45-minute session with an ICF trained coach to discern ways to forward one's own ministry. Where is God leading you and what are the steps needed to get there? Our time together will be focused, practical, and future oriented. (Maximum 2) 

Tim Coombs is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach. He is also President of the Board of Directors of NBSI and has been a biblical storyteller for over 20 years. He is co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and serves as the Associate for Congregations of Albany Presbytery, NY.

 

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THURSDAY


 1) NBS 101  Pt. 2 “Keep These Things in Your Heart” (Theme Scripture Deut. 6:1-9)

Barbara Tucker
A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

This is a continuation of the workshop to learn and tell Deuteronomy 6:1-9, begun on Wednesday. The process includes repetition, rhythm, art, highlighting key words, meditation, and group interaction. At the end of the workshop, the group members will be well on their way to telling Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and able to learn other biblical stories.

Barbara Tucker has over 40 years of experience teaching people of all ages in church and public-school settings. She graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served the First Baptist Church of Greenwood, South Carolina from 1990-1995. Currently Ms. Tucker is an active member of University Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas and received her basic level certification from the Academy for Biblical Storytelling in 2017.

 

2) How God Communicates: Insights from Jeremiah 31:31-34

Richard Davies

The Festival Gathering theme story from is Jeremiah 31:31-34 is about God's initiative as a communicator. We will look at the general process of communication and at several biblical examples of God's communication. We will look at how God communicates differently from the pagan deities of ancient culture. We will also discuss how these things are relevant to our individual and corporate lives of faith.

Richard Davies has been active in NBS since the first Festival Gathering, and NBS has taught him much about biblical communication. He is a retired pastor who preached every Sunday for 40+ years. After receiving his M.Div., he earned the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree in communication and the Ph.D. in a communication-related field.
 

3) A Glimpse into the Heart of God (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Mary Kisner

The Jeremiah passage takes us on an emotional journey. We will be mapping out that journey from where it begins to where we are now, to where God wants to take us. Using outlines of that map, we will begin telling each other the passage, embodying its message as we go along.

 
Mary Kisner has served as an Episcopal priest in small congregations for over 20 years. A member of NBSIntl for five years, she is currently a student in the Academy of Biblical Storytellers. She teaches story telling in the central Pennsylvania area and is hoping to start a Biblical Storytellers Guild there.
 


4) 'Til All the Jails Are Empty

Amelia Boomershine

This workshop gives basic information to jumpstart jail ministry in your local congregation or to build on ministry you are already doing. We’ll look at the experience of Grace UMC in Dayton leading a weekly “Circle of the Word” at the Montgomery County Jail, and we will strategize possibilities for your church. As the hymn goes, “’Til All the Jails Are Empty, God Has Work for Us to Do.” Participants are encouraged to also take the workshop on “Circle of the Word.”

Amelia Boomershine has been active in NBS for 25 years. She is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and director of GoTell Communications, Inc. She has taught and told biblical stories to children, youth, and adults around the world. She regularly leads “Circle of the Word” with women in jail and prison and at Grace Church in Dayton. She is author of A Breath of Fresh Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners.

 

 

5) Hidden Power in the Words

Elizabeth Adkisson

English-speaking biblical storytellers need to be able to unleash the power of the words that were finally selected for any English translation. Explore the interplay of consonants in biblical stories and enjoy playing with unexpected power to convey more fully context, meaning, images and emotions to your listeners. Demonstration and active participation will be used.

 
Elizabeth Adkisson is an ABS certified Master Biblical Storyteller. Her ABS educational resource, "Finding God Alive! Reclaiming the Life in the Stories of God through Communication and Embodiment Skills", has been the basis of several FG workshops in presenting multiple characters in stories. Her 2018 workshop also draws from her educational resource. Coming from 30+ years of directing and teaching performance skills, she focuses on adapting those skills to benefit biblical storytellers.

 

6) Me and My Smart Phone take the Story to Heart

Gillian Powis

In this workshop we will explore and try out ways to incorporate a smart phone into our story learning. This will be a hands on session so bring your smartphone with you so you can try it out as we learn a story. 

Gillian Powis is a lay member of the Uniting Church in Australia. She first discovered the Network of Biblical Storytellers in 2000 and since that time has taken part in several gatherings as delegate and/or presenter. She is an ABS Master Certified Storyteller through the Academy for Biblical Storytelling.

 

7) Story Theater

Karl Hallsten

The Book of Ruth  (22 mins.)

Marti Steussy

Telling of Genesis 1-3 in English and Hebrew (20 minutes or less)

Telling of 7-day creation story in English, framed by 1st and 7th days also in Hebrew, telling of Eden story with a bin of dirt to bring out its agricultural concerns and in a translation that brings out puns and nuances of the Hebrew

Eric Alderfer

The Good Egg (30 minutes or less)

There are many kinds and colors of eggs in Eggland. One of them is different from the others. He is a "Good Egg." Our Good Egg loves to sit on the top of a wall surrounding his church and welcome all the eggs to worship. On the wall are written words from Psalm 100:4 "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise." The Good Egg sets this to music one day and it becomes his signature song. He encounters a wide range of reactions throughout Eggland to his musical setting of Psalm 100. It's quite a tale!

 

Karl Hallsten came to storytelling in the late 1980's primarily through conventional storytelling but always with a foot in the Biblical storytelling community. He has led workshops in professional storytelling conferences, been president of both Northlands and Florida storytelling Organizations, and has established and produced storytelling concerts and festivals. His current work is predominantly in Biblical storytelling through performance, coaching and leading workshops.

 

Marti Steussy is MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emerita at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples) and has been doing biblical storytelling for decades, in the original languages if she thinks the audience will sit still for it!

 

Broadway singer/actor Eric Alderfer was the Director of Children and Outreach Programs at the West End Collegiate Church in New York City where he frequently used Biblical Storytelling in his ministry. He was the Director of Worship at Hollywood Presbyterian Church in California. Upon his return to NYC, he became the Director of Children's Ministries at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church.

 

8) Self-Directed Coaching

Timothy Coombs

Coaching for the Storyteller is a 45-minute session with an ICF trained coach to discern ways to forward one's own ministry. Where is God leading you and what are the steps needed to get there? Our time together will be focused, practical, and future oriented. (Maximum 2)

 
Tim Coombs is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach. He is also President of the Board of Directors of NBSI and has been a biblical storyteller for over 20 years. He is co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and serves as the Associate for Congregations of Albany Presbytery, NY.

 

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FRIDAY ONE


 

1) Time's Up: Confronting Gender Bias in the Biblical Stories We Tell

Shelley Gnade and Mary-beth Howard

How do we deal with the gender bias ingrained in the Bible? As we tell biblical stories, how do we remain relevant to our world, to biblical scholarship and to our faith tradition? We can only begin to explore these questions, along with the ones you bring. Central to our discussion are the stories of Isaac’s sacrifice and of Jepthah’s daughter and By Heart’s telling of a creative interweaving of the two texts. The workshop will be highly interactive. Our hope is that together we can shed some light and be energized to pursue fresh directions in the way we tell these stories.

 
By Heart is comprised of Mary-beth Howard and Shelley Gnade.  They have been telling stories together since 1994. Tandem telling (the telling of stories in two voices) is their trademark, along with a certain warm and quirky humor. By Heart uses biblical stories, as well as stories from other cultures and traditions, as a means of illustrating the common bonds of our sacred stories, sometimes incorporating movement, singing and other means of creative expression as a part of the telling.
 
Both Shelley & Mary-beth have been very active in various positions in NBS and are currently leading Westminster by Heart, a group of lay tellers at their home church in Wilmington, DE.

 

2) Starting Down the Storytelling Trail

Ellen Patton

At the beginning of the trail and trying to decide if you want to follow-through on the Biblical storytelling journey? Just settling into the saddle and aren’t sure where you're going or how you're going to get there, but want to explore? Come join us on a journey with the theme scripture II Cor. 3: 1b-6. Along the way you'll find out what Biblical storytelling is and discover ways to learn and tell stories effectively. (Recommended for beginners)

 
Ellen Patton lives on an island at the mouth of the Amazon River where she and her husband work with local churches in church planting using Bible stories to teach and share the good news of Christ. They have been in Brazil for fifteen years.

 

 

3) Let Your Heart Speak – Developing the Skill of Silence in Your Storytelling

Pam Faro

You know it when you experience it: No words are being spoken yet you are drawn more deeply into the story being told! Silence can add powerful depth and strength to storytelling, but it’s not a matter of “deciding to add a pause here” – Truly effective use of silence is a complex skill. In this workshop we will play, converse, and work together on the elements/layers that combine to give “voice” to your silence.

Pam Faro has performed and taught storytelling professionally across the US and overseas since 1988. She has served on the NBS Board, as a mentor the first 10 years of the Academy for Biblical Storytelling, and on the NBS Scholars' Seminar since 2004. She is particularly known for her use of pause, breath, and silence in her storytelling, and developed this workshop in response to repeated requests.
 

4) Telling the Gospel of Peace in the Age of Trump

Tom Boomershine

In this workshop we will first outline the historical context of the composition andperformance of the Synoptic Gospels during the Flavian dynasty and the aftermath of theJudean-Roman war. Next, we will identify the contrasting portrayal in the Synoptic Gospels of Jesus as the Messiah of peace. Finally, we will search together to identify some strategies for the proclamation of the Gospel in the current context of the politics of the United States and the global community. What can we do to tell the stories of the Gospel of Peace now?

Tom Boomershine is the founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. He is an ordained United Methodist elder and professor of New Testament Emeritus. He has developed methods for teaching people to become witnesses to the power of the stories of God. He has lectured and led workshops on biblical storytelling in digital culture around the world. Tom is the author of The Messiah of Peace, Story Journey, and a series of scholarly and pastoral articles on the Bible as performance literature.
 

 

5) International Missions

Juliana Rowe

What does it take to go on an international NBSI mission? Bring all your questions. Meet and hear members tell their mission experiences. Watch videos of past and recent missions.

Juliana Rowe pioneered a mission trip on behalf of NBSI to The Gambia in 2007. A year later she took a team of twelve on a premier mission to introduce biblical storytelling there. She has also led and been on NBSI missions to Cameroon, Cambodia, Haiti and India. She is now planning missions to India, Guatemala and Liberia. She merges her love for the Bible and professional training in theatre arts from London and New York, with her biblical storytelling.
 

 

6) Gaffes, Lapses and Disruptions: How to Avoid Storytelling Pitfalls!

Dennis Dewey

This workshop offers helpful strategies for dealing with memory lapses, missteps and interruptions in storytelling.

Dennis Dewey is a Master Biblical Storyteller who describes his work as “helping people hear the biblical stories again for the first time.” He has performed and led workshops all over the world for the past 35 years. He helped establish the Biblical Storytelling and Scholarship Seminar and has authored numerous articles and contributed to a number of scholarly books. He served as Executive Director of NBS for a number of years. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA, Dennis retired as pastor of Stone Church in Clinton, NY in 2015. He lives in Utica, NY with his wife Susan and spends as much time as possible with his two grandsons, Adrian and Alejandro, in Buffalo.

 

7) Using Your Body to Advance the Storyline

Karl Hallsten

Come practice some skills in using your body to effectively advance the story line. The body, along with voice and story are the essential tools of storytelling. We will explore research-based evidence for best practices.

Karl Hallsten came to storytelling in the late 1980's primarily through conventional storytelling but always with a foot in the Biblical storytelling community. He has led workshops in professional storytelling conferences, been president of both Northlands and Florida storytelling organizations, and has established and produced storytelling concerts and festivals. His current work is predominantly in biblical storytelling through performance, coaching and leading workshops.
 

 

8) Self-Directed Coaching

Timothy Coombs

Coaching for the Storyteller is a 45-minute session with an ICF trained coach to discern ways to forward one's own ministry. Where is God leading you and what are the steps needed to get there? Our time together will be focused, practical, and future oriented. (Maximum 2)

Tim Coombs is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach. He is also President of the Board of Directors of NBSI and has been a biblical storyteller for over 20 years. He is co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and serves as the Associate for Congregations of Albany Presbytery, NY.

 

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FRIDAY TWO


 

1) Surviving the Storm: How to Engage Your Audience

Cheri Wells

This workshop will demonstrate how repetition is vital for teachers, CHRISTian educators, et. al., and can be used as a storytelling tool.

Cheri Wells has been a storytelling-BIBLE teacher for over 10 years. She has used her method of teaching in Sunday School classes, revivals, and workshops across the country, as well as in other countries, such as Haiti and Nairobi.
 

 

2) Let’s Get Emotional

Sarah Agnew

As a storyteller, Sarah Agnew is known for her effective expression of emotion in performance. As we unpack her practice together, we will gain insight into our own emotional responses to the Bible and enhance our skills in expressing emotion effectively for impact on an audience.

 
Sarah is a storyteller, poet, and minister (Uniting Church in Australia). Currently in placement at Canberra Central Uniting Church, Sarah uses storytelling in preaching, worship, and Christian education with people of all ages. Sarah is a member of the Scholars Seminar, and her recent PhD (University of Edinburgh) explored storytelling performance as a way of interpreting the Bible. Sarah has performed as a storyteller across Australia, Scotland, in Prague and England, and at a number of NBS Festival Gatherings and Seminars.
 

 

3) From BEER Church to Parables for Living

Ron Poisel

Parables for Living is a weekly Facebook Post of the telling of a Biblical Story. The story is posted on Monday. Viewers are invited to comment on the story and encouraged to share it. Daily graphics and quotes amplify the post throughout the week. This has been an effective way of carrying out our congregational mission of “making Christ known,” especially to those who never enter our church building. Let this be a beginning to explore how we can use social media to proclaim the Gospel in this digital age.

 
Ron Poisel has been a parish pastor in the ELCA for 36 years. He recently completed a D.Min. with Tom Boomershine concerning proclaiming the Gospel in the digital era via Biblical Storytelling. For 10 years Ron has been a member of NBS and tells the Gospel weekly in worship.
 

 

4) Circle of the Word

Amelia Boomershine

This workshop models a process of small group, spiritual formation called “Circle of the Word.” Participants in a “Circle of the Word” learn, tell, and interact with a biblical story through a variety of activities. The process includes background information on the story in its ancient context and making connections to our lives now. You will leave with a biblical story in your heart and a meaningful process to share with your congregation.  

Amelia Boomershine has been active in NBS for 25 years. She is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and director of GoTell Communications, Inc. She has taught and told biblical stories to children, youth, and adults around the world. She regularly leads “Circle of the Word” with women in jail and prison and at Grace Church in Dayton. She is author of A Breath of Fresh Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners.

 

5) No Joke! Using Humor in Biblical Storytelling

Madelyn Campbell

The Bible is full of humorous moments. When we can let our guard down and laugh, we open ourselves up to so much more. In this popular repeat of a previously-offered workshop, we'll look at why we might want to use humor in storytelling, uncover humor in surprising places, and explore techniques for conveying this to our audience.

 
Madelyn Campbell is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and the first Unitarian Universalist to become a certified biblical storyteller. She also serves as a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol, where she's been telling and promoting biblical storytelling among cadets, senior members, and other chaplains.
 

 

6) Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the Ends of the Earth: An Introduction to Turning the World Right-Side-Up 

Richard Swanson

In this workshop we will explore the story, looking for ways to tell it that draw out larger implications than we often encounter when reading or interpreting the book.  We will experiment with ways of telling parts of the story, Provoking Acts the way the actors I work with have taught me to Provoke the Gospel (and, well, pretty much everything).  If Pentecost is the “birthday of the Church,” who bakes the cake, and who gets to eat it?  We will wonder about such questions.

Richard Swanson, professor of Religion/Philosophy/Classics at Augustana University, directs the Provoking the Gospel Storytelling Project, a troupe of actors that explores biblical narratives and creates performances of them.  He has published five books, all with “Provoking the Gospel” in the title. His next project is a play, Real as Air, which explores his sister’s life with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  It will be performed on the Augustana mainstage in the fall of 2018.

 

7) Storying the Sermon: Biblical Storytelling and Preaching

Larry Brown

This workshop will help participants design and present sermons with Biblical stories at their center. We will discover how the narrative plot of a story can inform the structure, conceptual content, and development of a sermon. We will use Mark 2:1-12 and 4:35-40 as examples.

The Rev. Dr. Larry Brown is an emeritus minister with Olivet Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Columbia, MO and a retired professor of Human Geography at the University of MO. Larry is certified as a Biblical Storyteller by the Academy for Biblical Storytelling. He has served a minister for over 50 years, and a storyteller for over 30 years.
 

 

8) Self-Directed Coaching

Timothy Coombs

Coaching for the Storyteller is a 45-minute session with an ICF trained coach to discern ways to forward one's own ministry. Where is God leading you and what are the steps needed to get there? Our time together will be focused, practical, and future oriented. (Maximum 2)

 
Tim Coombs is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach. He is also President of the Board of Directors of NBSI and has been a biblical storyteller for over 20 years. He is co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and serves as the Associate for Congregations of Albany Presbytery, NY.

 

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SATURDAY


 

1) Taking Luke to Heart

Phil Ruge-Jones

In this workshop, we will explore the overarching themes of Luke's gospel to prepare storytellers, preachers, teachers, and hearers for the "Luke year" of the Revised Common Lectionary.

Phil Ruge-Jones has been telling biblical stories for almost a quarter of a century. He coordinates the NBS Scholar Seminar and was the 2017 Festival Gathering Keynote speaker.
 

2) Scripture by Heart in Weekly Worship

Larry Ramey

For the past 10 years, members of the Grace by Heart storytelling team have transformed the worship experience by telling the scripture by heart every week – as well as during Advent, Holy Week, and other special services. Grace by Heart members will share how they have organized, equipped, nurtured, and sustained the weekly storytelling ministry. Key topics will be:

  • Worship leader’s commitment to storytelling

  • Identifying and inviting potential storytellers

  • Training and ongoing equipping of storytellers

  • Incorporating storytelling in the worship liturgy

  • Pastor’s role in empowering storytellers and organizing the storytelling calendar

  • Organizing the storytelling schedule

  • Nurturing and inspiring each other

Larry Ramey is a key Grace by Heart member and helped organize a storytelling ministry in Trinity Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Larry and Lois Ramey have led biblical storytelling workshops at the New Wilmington Missionary Conference, New Wilmington, Pa. Larry began storytelling in 1990 as a student of Dr. Thomas Boomershine at United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Larry taught Religious Communication at United Theological Seminary from 1993 to 2001. He is a member of the Board of GoTell Communications.  Other lay and clergy members of Grace by Heart will contribute from their experiences, including Dr. Thomas Boomershine and Rev. Amelia Boomershine,

 

 

3) Interfaith Storytelling: The Shortest Distance between Two Hearts is a Story

Pam Faro

Last summer, the interfaith-storytelling workshop participants eagerly shared personal stories of interfaith encounters, realizing we barely “scratched the surface.” This workshop will offer more texts, stories, and guided discussion for sharing heart-stories across religious differences. We seek the benefits and blessings of reaching out across boundaries and divisions, of reducing misperceptions and fear, of welcoming “the other” who is as created in God’s image as ourselves…and of shortening the distances between us with story.

Pam Faro has performed and taught storytelling across the US and overseas since 1988. She has served on the NBS Board, as a mentor the first 10 years of the Academy for Biblical Storytelling, and on the NBS Scholars' Seminar since 2004. She began her MDiv. degree program on September 12, 2001. Note that date – you can perhaps understand why she is passionate about interfaith storytelling and the hope for healing that it can bring.
 

 

4) Avoiding Anti-Judaism in Christian Tellings

Marti Steussy

Although Jesus embraced his Jewish identity, parts of the New Testament and most of its later interpretation portray Judaism as the embodiment of everything Jesus opposed. This workshop will identify some of the most common and problematic misconceptions that creep into our tellings, and explore techniques for countering them, with special attention to the 2019 epic and theme stories.

Marti Steussy is MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emerita at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples) and has been doing biblical storytelling for decades, in the original languages if she thinks the audience will sit still for it!
 

 

5) Gossipy Ruth

Joyce Parr & Thelma Thomas

Everything you wanted to know about making bible stories come alive but did not know where to go nor who to ask. Using the book of Ruth, we see that Boaz noticed Ruth among all the harvesters and those who gleaned after the harvesters. Come find out what her magic was! Let’s look at what this story tells us today about men – what to hope for, what a good man will act like, and why he’s worth waiting for!

Joyce Parr and Thelma Thomas have been telling in tandem for over twelve years. Collectively they have over sixty years’ of storytelling experience in secular and non-secular genre. Although, they have told alone, they have found a certain magic when telling together. Thelma’s Sunday school teacher background and Joyce’s ministry background inform their telling, thus crossing a bridge that connects people with the living word of God.

 

6) Self-Directed Coaching

Timothy Coombs

Coaching for the Storyteller is a 45-minute session with an ICF trained coach to discern ways to forward one's own ministry. Where is God leading you and what are the steps needed to get there? Our time together will be focused, practical, and future oriented. (Maximum 2)

Tim Coombs is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach. He is also President of the Board of Directors of NBSI and has been a biblical storyteller for over 20 years. He is co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and serves as the Associate for Congregations of Albany Presbytery, NY.

 

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