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Wednesday | Thursday | Friday One | Friday Two | Saturday

 

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*Please note, workshop registration will close on July 15, 2019. If you do not register for your favorite workshops by this time, you can still register upon arrival to the Festival Gathering!

 

STORIES

2 Kings 4:1-7 | Elisha and the Widow's Oil ; Luke 20:45–21:4 | Destroying widow's homes and the widow's offering; Acts 9:36-43 | Tabitha/Dorcas story

 

 

 

 

Workshop Overview

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WEDNESDAY


W-1         NBS 101, Sec. 1, Pt. 1 “Elisha and the Widow’s Oil”

Theme Scripture 2 Kings 4:1-7

A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

This beginner class will teach the NBS method for learning stories. If you're new to Biblical storytelling and wondering what all the buzz is about, come learn a story in a positive and supporting group. We'll talk how and why and do the work together, learning 2 Kings 4:1-7. This is a 2-part workshop; attendance is recommended for both sessions.

 

Lori Ruge-Jones has been telling Bible stories to her family, her congregation, her friends, and anyone who will listen for 25 years. She serves as campus pastor at University Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI.

 

W-2         NBS 101, Sec. 2, Pt. 1 Destroying Widow's Homes and The Widow's Offering

Theme Scripture Luke 20:45–21:4

A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

Come learn the spiritual discipline in learning a story and taking it to heart. This is a 101 beginner’s course on how to digest and learn the story of Luke 20:45-21:4. If you find yourself asking, “The story is so long, where do I begin?” “How am I supposed to memorize it all?” “How can learning a story be a spiritual discipline?” Then this is the 101 workshop for you. Attendance is recommended for both sessions.

 

Theresa Eggleston serves as a pastor of congregational care in Gaithersburg MD. She just finished the basic certification in Biblical Storytelling from the Academy for Biblical Storytelling. Theresa is on her way to be an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Beth Galbreath is a long-time member of NBSI who teaches biblical storytelling online and in person. She has taught at Festival Gathering and in Cameroon, the Philippines and Bolivia, and edits the monthly international NBSI E-news. Co-leader of the Chicago-area Prairie Wind Guild: Tellers of Sacred Stories. (Co- lead workshop)

 

W-3         NBS 101, Sec. 3, Pt. 1 “Tabitha/Dorcas Story”

Theme Scripture Acts 9:36-43

A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

This workshop introduces the practice of biblical storytelling. We will learn, explore, connect, and tell the story of “a disciple whose name was Tabitha” from Acts 9:36-43. Our goal is to tell the story to at least one other person from start to finish without omitting something of major significance and without adding something of major significance. Through a variety of activities, you will learn this particular biblical story as well as strategies for internalizing any biblical story. We will also consider basics of performance and dealing with stage fright.

 

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. She has taught and told biblical stories to children, youth and adults around the world, most recently in Guatemala. Her doctoral research was on biblical storytelling with men and women who are incarcerated. She leads a weekly “Circle of the Word” with women in jail and is author of A Breath of Fresh Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners.

 

 

 

 

W-4         The Bible through the Eyes of an East Asian Woman

Enter the world of East Asia, especially India, appreciate its cultural and religious diversity, and understand the Bible through the eyes of an East Asian Woman.

 

Sandya Ruban has been a storyteller, preacher, and teacher for the past 20 years. She has preached in many multicultural congregations using storytelling and has also facilitated workshops for teachers and students to improve their communication skills using storytelling as a tool. Sandya has spoken in various eastern religion summits and has also presented papers on “Similarities Between Jews and Brahmins: The Three- fold Cord.” She absolutely enjoys telling and listening to stories.

 

W-5         Taming Performance Anxiety

You learned your scripture by heart. You worked out your delivery. You are ready to “Shout it out!” But when you stand before an audience, your heart begins to race, and your mind goes blank! This workshop will allow participants to identify the mechanics of stage fright and will provide tools and practices to convert performance anxiety into enthusiasm and confidence.

 

Fay Lundin has been an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church for 30 years. She currently pastors two churches in the Washington, DC area. Fay is a graduate of the NBS Academy for Biblical Storytellers and in 2018 traveled with an NBS group to teach biblical storytelling in India. She uses biblical storytelling in worship and ministry and teaches it in her church and community.

 

W-6         Hearing the Storyteller's Voice 

Although we notice tones of voice in our own tellings, today's biblical storytellers sometimes fail to notice that the biblical narrators themselves can have as much "character" as the more obvious characters, and that they aren't always offering straightforward "lessons."  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 a professor of biblical interpretation (emerita) at Christian Theological Seminary, ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples), longtime member of NBS and its seminar, and serves on the NBS board. She recently traveled to England to do biblical storytelling work with Hope University faculty and students.

 

W-7         Individual Ministry Coaching for Biblical Storytellers

Want to develop your biblical storytelling ministry, but are running into roadblocks or are struggling to get it up and running. You may need coaching. Talk with Tim Coombs, an ICF trained coach, who will work with you to help set practical goals and help you manuever around the hurdles in your path. Two persons per workshop time, who will receive 45 minutes of individual coaching each. (Maximum 2)

 

Tim Coombs is the current President of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Board of Directors. Tim has been a member of NBSI for over twenty years and has served in many capacities in that time. Tim is also co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and began has been trained in "life coaching" at Auburn Seminary, NYC. 

 

W-8         Story Theater

          

Linda Schuessler, The Intrepid Katie Luther: Life with Martin

Linda Schuessler has been telling stories since she was a child, but was introduced to biblical storytelling nearly 20 years ago and joined NBS International shortly thereafter. She has told biblical stories during congregational worship, at Vacation Bible School and in assisted living facilities. She also enjoys sharing the stories of women who are the unsung heroines of history, which she tells at community and church events.

 

Philip Liebelt, The Good Samaritan

Philip Liebelt has been a Biblical Storyteller for 30 years, and since 1998 telling 90 minutes of Luke’s Gospel. He is author of “Making Connections: Jesus’ Stories and Ours” and a Master’s Thesis on Biblical Storytelling and Faith Education. He was National Coordinator of NBS Australia for 12 years. He has an upcoming book on telling Luke’s Gospel and a collection of eye-witness Gospel stories. Philip ministers to a Uniting Church in Australia congregation in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

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THURSDAY


T-1           NBS 101, Sec. 1, Pt. 2 “Elisha and the Widow’s Oil”

Theme Scripture 2 Kings 4:1-7                   

A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

This is part 2 of the class using the NBS method for learning the story of Elisha and the Widow’s Oil found in 2 Kings 4:1-7. If you attended Part 1 of this introductory class for learning biblical stories, you should attend this session.

 

Lori Ruge-Jones has been telling Bible stories to her family, her congregation, her friends, and anyone who will listen for 25 years. She serves as campus pastor at University Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI.

 

T-2           NBS 101, Sec. 2, Pt. 2 Destroying Widow's Homes and The Widow's Offering

Theme Scripture Luke 20:45–21:4

A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

This is part 2 of the class using the NBS method for learning the widow stories found in Luke 20:45-21:4. If you attended Part 1 of this introductory class for learning biblical stories, you should attend this session.

 

Theresa Eggleston serves as a pastor of congregational care in Gaithersburg MD. She just finished the basic certification in Biblical Storytelling from the Academy for Biblical Storytelling. Theresa is on her way to be an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Beth Galbreath is a long-time member of NBSI who teaches biblical storytelling online and in person. She has taught at Festival Gathering and in Cameroon, the Philippines and Bolivia, and edits the monthly international NBSI enews. Co-leader of the Chicago-area Prairie Wind Guild: Tellers of Sacred Stories. (Co- lead workshop)

 

T-3           NBS 101, Sec. 3, Pt. 2 “Tabitha/Dorcas Story”

Theme Scripture Acts 9:36-43

A workshop in two sessions for those new to biblical storytelling

This is part 2 of the class using the NBS method for learning the story of Tabitha” from Acts 9:36-43. If you attended Part 1 of this introductory class for learning biblical stories, you should attend this session.

 

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. She has taught and told biblical stories to children, youth and adults around the world, most recently in Guatemala. Her doctoral research was on biblical storytelling with men and women who are incarcerated. She leads a weekly “Circle of the Word” with women in jail and is author of A Breath of Fresh Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners.

 

 

T-4           Hope for the World: Knitting Our Stories Together

How do we teach, learn and honor the ancient stories of our biblical tradition in a way that reflects new light, understanding and connection to the stories of other cultures, faith traditions and personal experiences? Using Ezekiel’s Dry Bones and The Gift of the Cowtail Switch from West Africa, we will “read between the lines” to find common themes, meanings and insights. Personal reflection will focus on tapping into our powers of creativity and weaving our own memories and lived wisdom into the discussion. We hope to brainstorm other story pair possibilities, which might be used in Sunday School, Adult Education classes and beyond. This workshop will be highly participative. It is designed for church educators of any level to explore new ideas of how to excite and engage those they teach. So, bring your dusty, dry bones and prepare for new life to be breathed into them.

 

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.

 

T-5           Playing with Gesture, Posture and Placement

We will address some of the difficulties tellers have in using posture and gesture and in expressing the placement of characters and objects of the story when telling. Participants will practice using gesture/posture/placement for the theme stories and practice performing before the group.

 

Janice Kim has served as Sunday school Teacher for many years. She started to study Biblical Storytelling in the Storytelling Movement Institute and established a study group of Biblical Storytelling. She had managed several workshops in Korea related to Biblical Storytelling. She is running an online café for sharing Quiet Time using Biblical Storytelling. She has completed work for the Academy of Biblical Storytelling (ABS), and is now working on the Master level program.

 

T-6           The Theory of Biblical Storytelling 

In this workshop, we will explore some of the dimensions of the theoretical and historical foundations of biblical storytelling, enabling participants to identify the theoretical sources of their interest in biblical storytelling and to lay the foundations for their own theory and practice.

 

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.

 

T-7           One-on-One Storytelling Coaching

Want to improve your level of story performance? Are you seeking practical pointers to enhance your telling? Perhaps you simply need some encouragement and affirmation for your efforts. Then be sure to sign up for a unique, individualized coaching session with a current Academy for Biblical Storytelling Master student. Please come prepared with a short story (less than 5 minutes) to share. Story may be in the early stages of learning; it does not have to be polished yet. (Maximum 3 participants)

 

Ellen Patton & Liz Bidgood Enders are coaches for this session. 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. Liz Bidgood Enders is a pastor and certified biblical storyteller who often incorporates sign-language into her storytelling. Both are currently completing the master level requirements in the Academy for Biblical Storytelling.

 

 

 

T-8           Story Theater

                  Beginning and Beginning Again

Michele L. Walton, “Excerpts from “The God Memorandum”

Michele Walton is a Deacon candidate with the United Methodist Church.  She is currently working as a Chaplain in the Arts and Entertainment industry.  Michele has been a storyteller her whole life and a Biblical Storyteller for the past eight years.  She received her Master of Divinity with a Certificate of Theology and the Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary.

 

Pam Faro, The Story of Ruth

Since 1988 Pam Faro has been performing and teaching storytelling across the US and overseas. She has an MDiv degree, but discerned she has zero call to ordained, congregational ministry. Rather, her call is to storytelling, in both secular and faith-related contexts – multicultural traditional tales, personal/historical stories, interfaith storytelling, and biblical storytelling. She hasn’t missed a Festival Gathering since 1999, has served on the NBS Board, as editor of the erstwhile Journal of Biblical Storytelling, as a mentor for the Academy for Biblical Storytelling, and on the NBS Scholars Seminar since it began in 2004. She loves her work.

 

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FRIDAY ONE


 

 

F1-1        Making Connections: Connecting the Stories of Scripture with the Stories of Our Lives

Does your audience struggle to understand the relevance of Scripture to everyday life today? Do you? If so, this workshop can help. Cindy and Gloria will explore techniques to assist in storytelling preparation and also creating stories faithful to Scripture yet told in new ways. We will offer techniques to breathe, not only life into the telling, but the story into our life.

 

Cindy Mildenberger is certified by the Academy for Biblical Storytelling and has been a member of Women of the Well for 10 years. Gloria Ulterino is formerly a parish Pastoral Associate and Roman Catholic Diocesan Director of the Office of Women in Rochester, New York, She currently is engaged in a ministry of writing, preaching, and storytelling (www.womenofthewell.com). She holds Masters degrees in Theology and Divinity from St. Bernard’s Institute in Rochester, New York.

 

F1-2        Hearing the Psalms in Many Voices

The Psalms are complex compositions that resist easy interpretation. As a result, hearing and seeing the Psalms refracted through multiple performances can be an essential tool to exploring their meaning. In this session, we will explore selected Psalms by hearing multiple performances in order to see what layers of meaning emerge. We will also share suggestions for how this approach might be used in classroom settings to welcome multiple voices into the interpretive process.

 

Cliff Barbarick is a professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He regularly uses biblical storytelling in his classes to help students explore the riches of scripture and share it with others. For this workshop, he will be joined by some of his undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves with their thoughtful performances.

 

F1-3        Biblical Storytelling: It’s Not Just for Children Anymore

Did you ever think about telling biblical stories to adults? If you lead an adult Sunday school class or Bible study, this workshop will give you an opportunity to experiment with creating a study session around a biblical story. Join us to discover ways to present stories and generate follow-up questions and activities in a Christian Education setting.

 

Barbara Tucker is a retired teacher with over 40 years’ experience teaching people of all ages in church and public school settings. A graduate of the University of North Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, she served as a Minister of Education from 1990-1995. Currently Ms. Tucker is an active member of University Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas and a participant in this year’s Master’s Level Academy for Biblical Storytelling.

 

F1-4        Interfaith Story Sharing

This workshop will offer 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.

 

F1-5        Biblical Storytelling with Children for Spiritual Formation

Have you wondered how to effectively disciple our newest generation, how to impart the spiritually transformative power of the biblical story so that it captures the hearts of our children? Children are eager listeners and tellers. Come and hear creative ways for children to enter into the biblical narrative, engage with the story and listen to the Spirit of God. Biblical storytelling with children is formational, teaching them in a way that speaks into their life.

 

Kathy Smedley is an ABS certified Biblical Storyteller. She is a ruling elder in the PCUSA and has been teaching adults and children in the church for over 30 years. She especially loves coaching children as they learn to tell biblical stories. She is a regular teller at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA where she is a member currently serving in Children's Ministry. Kathy is working on her master level certification through ABS this year.

 

F1-6        Mark’s Jesus, Healer of All Creation 

In this workshop, we will learn some stories from Mark and Israel's earlier scriptures in which we meet Jesus as healer of all creation. The workshop leader will also identify other stories in Mark in which this mission becomes clear. We will learn Jesus' words that call others to share this mission.

 

Adam Bartholomew is co-founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. He received a doctorate in New Testament from Union Theological Seminary, New York. For 40 years, he served UCC and Episcopal congregations while teaching in seminaries and universities. Since 2014, he has taught at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. The basis of this workshop is Healing All Creation: Genesis, The Gospel of Mark, and The Story of the Universe, written in partnership with Joan Connell.

 

F1-7        Individual Ministry Coaching for Biblical Storytellers

Want to develop your biblical storytelling ministry but are running into roadblocks or are struggling to get it up and running. You may need coaching. Talk with Tim Coombs, an ICF trained coach, who will work with you to help set practical goals and help you maneuver around the hurdles in your path. Two persons per workshop time, who will receive 45 minutes of individual coaching each. (Maximum 2)

 

Tim Coombs is the current President of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Board of Directors. Tim has been a member of NBSI for over twenty years and has served in many capacities in that time. Tim is also co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and began has been trained in "life coaching" at Auburn Seminary, NYC. 

 

F1-8        The Gift of Remembering: Dispelling the Memorization Myth

Learning and telling biblical stories is hard work but well worth it! In addition to exploring the rich spiritual growth and ministry that learning and telling biblical stories provides, this workshop will dispel the myth that memorization is impossible through a variety of fun and interactive exercises, with take-away tips and tricks you can share with your friends. Come be refreshed and encouraged to continue to tell the stories of the Bible well.

 

Donna Paulsen is a gifted young artist who is passionate about making the story of the Bible accessible to audiences of all ages. Using only the scripture as her script, Donna has written and directed numerous productions that have brought the Bible to life in fresh and captivating ways. Donna is the founder of Soul Hope Ministries and is currently pursuing a Master of Communication and Storytelling at East Tennessee State University.

 

 

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FRIDAY TWO


F2-1        Telling Abroad

Ever wanted to join a mission team but had fears, and when you heard the reports, wished you had gone? Bring your questions and leave with concrete answers as you learn about past and upcoming missions to Asia and Liberia. 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 been on NBSI missions to Cameroon, Cambodia, Haiti and India. She is now planning mission trips to Asia and Liberia. She merges her love for the Bible and the theatre in breathing life into Bible stories through biblical storytelling.

 

F2-2        More Memory: Knowing it By Heart Sooner

As we develop our own mode of remembering and speaking the Word, we draw upon our own personal learning styles. Here are three unique and amazingly effective methods to add to your repertoire. Linnea will introduce the three techniques, giving participants the opportunity to test out and examine each one. She will provide you with a handout to ensure you can continue to use and adapt it for future work.

 Linnea Good is a "musical animator" whose primary work is to enable people to express their souls through music and biblical storytelling. She teaches music in her town of Summerland BC CANADA and tours across the country with drummer/spouse David, performing her own music of faith. She and David and an NBS International team travelled to India in January of 2018 on a very exciting biblical storytelling mission to three Christian colleges. They will return in 2020.

 

 

F2-3        Circle of the Word INSIDE

When presented with a spirit of invitation and wonder, biblical stories can be a source of hope, courage, comfort, and wisdom for people living inside razor wire. By impacting the hearts of men and women who are incarcerated, they challenge the monster of mass incarceration. This workshop models a process of small group spiritual formation called “Circle of the Word” which was developed by integrating restorative justice and biblical storytelling workshop processes. Participants in a Circle of the Word learn, tell, and interact with a biblical story, and with each other, through a variety of activities. “Ms. Amelia’s” Sacred Stories class at the local jail is a favorite with the women.

 

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. She has taught and told biblical stories to children, youth and adults around the world, most recently in Guatemala. Her doctoral research was on biblical storytelling with men and women who are incarcerated. She leads a weekly “Circle of the Word” with women in jail and is author of A Breath of Fresh Air: Biblical Storytelling with Prisoners.

 

 

F2-4        Internalizing and Telling Tabitha’s Story Using Peer Review Techniques

We will use an interactive literary analysis approach to explore and internalize Tabitha's story in Acts 9. Next, we will shape the way we tell the story using good oral communication practices for informal situations. We will work together to make adjustments to the story so that it is interesting and easily comprehensible for those who are not familiar with the Bible and Christian terms while maintaining accuracy to the original story.

 

Jim & Janet Stahl are long term missionaries with Wycliffe Bible translators. For the past 12 years, their assignment has been to train teams of storytellers to internalize and tell Bible stories in their own language when there is no written translation. Their work has taken them to communities in South Asia, SE Asia, Pacific and Africa.

 

F2-5        Sharing the Story of God at Work in Your Life

Maybe you see ways God is at work in your life but aren’t sure how to develop your own story to tell others. Maybe you already tell stories from the Bible, but fumble when it comes to telling a story that isn’t already developed for you. Come join us as we explore and develop our own stories of God at work in our lives to prepare them for effective sharing with others.

 

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 sixteen years.

 

F2-6        Sound Matters: Sound Mapping the New Testament 

Historical study of the ancient Greek rhetoricians and grammarians has revealed that they thought in breath units called “the colon” and “the period.” In this workshop, we will study the cola and periods of Mark’s Passion-Resurrection Narrative. Sound mapping involves a graphic representation of the story in cola and periods, analogous to a musical manuscript in which sound is graphically presented for performance. We will listen to the cola of representative stories and learn Mark’s story of the anointing at Bethany in the original cola.

 

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.

 

F2-7        One-on-One Storytelling Coaching

Want to improve your level of story performance? Are you seeking practical pointers to enhance your telling? Perhaps you simply need some encouragement and affirmation for your efforts. Then be sure to sign up for a unique, individualized coaching session with a current Academy for Biblical Storytelling Master student. Please come prepared with a short story (less than 5 minutes) to share. Story may be in the early stages of learning; it does not have to be polished yet. (Maximum 3 participants)

 

Janice Kim & Fay Lundin are coaches for this session. Janice Kim practices and teaches biblical storytelling in Korea where she established a study group for the discipline. Fay Lundin is a pastor of more than 30 years who uses biblical storytelling in worship and ministry and who recently traveled with an NBS team to India to teach biblical storytelling. Both are currently completing the master level requirements in the Academy for Biblical Storytelling.

 

F2-8        Story Theater

                  Jonah in Different Voices

Come and hear three different tellings of the book of Jonah and discuss with the storytellers the choices they made.

 

Colin Adams is a Presbyterian pastor from Kingsport, TN. He enjoys telling stories, singing songs, and playing with his sons.

 

Kathy Culmer loves to tell and teach and explore ways to use scripture telling to help us better hear the Word, experience the Word and live the Word of God out in our lives. She has served the Network as a former Board member and currently as the Workshop Coordinator and participant with the Scholars’ Seminar.

 

Lori Ruge-Jones has been telling Bible stories to her family, her congregation, her friends, and anyone who will listen for 25 years. She serves as campus pastor at University Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI.

 

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SATURDAY


S-1           Staging Scripture: Writing and Directing Multi-Player Biblical Storytelling Dramas

Have you ever wanted to stage a multi-player biblical storytelling drama but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will provide you with a hands-on experience in turning a biblical text into a multi-voice script, helpful tips on recruiting and encouraging new participants to your ministry, and an interactive demonstration of how to stage and direct a scene.

 

Donna Paulsen is a gifted young artist who is passionate about making the story of the Bible accessible to audiences of all ages. Using only the scripture as her script, Donna has written and directed numerous productions that have brought the Bible to life in fresh and captivating ways. Donna is the founder of Soul Hope Ministries and is currently pursuing a Master of Communication and Storytelling at East Tennessee State University.

 

S-2           Bringing Scripture to Life in Worship

How can your congregation develop scripture by heart in weekly worship? How can you hurdle barriers that keep you from considering, starting, or growing your scripture by heart ministry? In presentations and table discussions, practitioners will welcome your challenges, questions, failures and successes in this new, interactive workshop. Participants can learn how to develop biblical storytelling as a regular part of worship, based on the experience of congregations in Dayton, Ohio and others. For 11 years, the “Grace by Heart” storytelling team has told the scripture by heart weekly in worship in Grace United Methodist Church, Dayton.

 

Larry Ramey, a “Grace by Heart member,” helps congregations with storytelling. He studied with Dr. Thomas Boomershine and taught communication at United Theological Seminary. Other Members of “Grace by Heart” will be group resource leaders, including Dr. Thomas Boomershine and Rev. Amelia Boomershine, leaders of the biblical storytelling movement.

 

S-3           Telling Women’s Stories in Luke’s Gospel

This workshop explores how story selection and arrangement in Luke’s gospel improved women’s status, suggesting that the Jesus portrayed in Luke was raised to have a higher opinion of women than was the norm in the culture of his time. Participants will gain a better appreciation of how stories (some unique to Luke) fit together in the Gospel and will be helped in their telling. Material is from leader’s upcoming book on telling Luke.

 

Philip Liebelt has been a Biblical Storyteller for 30 years, and since 1998 telling 90 minutes of Luke’s Gospel. He is author of Making Connections: Jesus’ Stories and Ours and a Master’s Thesis on Biblical Storytelling and Faith Education. He was National Coordinator of NBS Australia for 12 years. He has an upcoming book on telling Luke’s Gospel and a collection of eye-witness Gospel stories. Philip ministers to a Uniting Church in Australia congregation in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

 

S-4           Avoiding Anti-Judaism in Christian Storytelling

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 parable of the Good Samaritan.

 

Marti Steussy is a professor of biblical interpretation (emerita) at Christian Theological Seminary, ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples), longtime member of NBS and its seminar, and serves on the NBS board. She recently traveled to England to do biblical storytelling work with Hope University faculty and students.

 

S-5           With Hearts, Hands, and Voices: Using Sign Language in Storytelling

American Sign Language (ASL) is the most commonly used form of communication for deaf people in the US. More than an exact sign for each word, it has its own grammar and syntax. However, techniques in ASL storytelling, including repetition and use of the whole body to tell a story, are similar to oral storytelling. In this workshop, we'll learn connections between these art forms and some signs to help in learning and telling biblical stories.

 

Liz Bidgood Enders is a pastor and certified biblical storyteller. In elementary school, she had schoolmates who were deaf, and her desire to communicate with them sparked a life-long interest in sign language. Incorporating signs into telling stories can help in creating muscle memory and broadening understanding of a story's meaning.

 

S-6           One-on-One Storytelling Coaching

Want to improve your level of story performance? Are you seeking practical pointers to enhance your telling? Perhaps you simply need some encouragement and affirmation for your efforts. Then be sure to sign up for a unique, individualized coaching session with a current Academy for Biblical Storytelling Master student. Please come prepared with a short story (less than 5 minutes) to share. Story may be in the early stages of learning; it does not have to be polished yet. (Maximum 3 participants)

 

Kathy Smedley & Barbara Tucker are coaches for this session. Kathy Smedley is a ruling elder in the PCUSA and has been teaching adults and children in the church for over 30 years. Barbara Tucker is a retired teacher with over 40 years’ experience teaching people of all ages in church and public school settings. Both are currently completing the master level requirements in the Academy for Biblical Storytelling.

 

 

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