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Favorite Bible Stories storytelling performance

Tim Coombs, Host and NBSI Board President

Thursday, June 17th | 8 PM - 9:30 PM

Watch biblical storytellers from across the globe share their favorite bible stories.

Platform: Hopin
Price: Free

Manna for this Wilderness workshop

Lori Ruge-Jones, Workshop Leader

Thursday, July 1st | 7 PM - 8:30 PM

God gave the people just what they needed, but they didn’t know what it was! In this workshop, you’ll learn about Biblical Storytelling — what it is and why we need it — and begin to learn a biblical story.

Platform: Hopin
FREE for VFG registrants
Price: $20

Lori Ruge-Jones is a campus pastor in Eau Claire, WI. She loves telling and teaching stories with her family and community.

Coaching for Biblical Storytellers

Thursday, July 15th | 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Bring your story to work one-on-one with a storytelling coach. The 90-minute coaching session will be a group setting of three. Each person receives 30-minutes of 1-on-1 coaching while the other two individuals watch and listen to the coaching conversation.

Platform: Hopin
FREE for VFG registrants
Price: $20

"Lighting the Fire – “open mic” storytelling"

Suzanne Stockton

Thursday, July 15th | 8 PM - 9:30 PM

Lighting the Fire is a FREE “open mic” style storytelling time. Tellers may tell a sacred story, folk tale, family story, humorous story, any story that you have developed and prepared, not to exceed 8 minutes. Experienced and novice tellers and all those in-between will be warmly welcomed. You do not have to tell to attend. Sign up if you are interested in telling

Platform: Hopin
Price: Free

Biblical Storytelling in Difficult Times Part 1

Richard Ward

Thursday, July 29th | 7 PM - 8 PM

Hear Keynote Speaker Richard Ward’s introductory keynote on how the practice of biblical storytelling teaches values that equip us for faithful responses to challenges we face.

Platform: Hopin
Price: Free (for VFG registrants only)

Richard Ward is an author, biblical storyteller, and theologian. As Professor Emeritus at the Phillips Seminary, he brings a rich background in performance studies and practices to the Festival Gathering. He is particularly interested in the arts of storytelling and oral interpretation of Scripture as they inform and enrich ministry. Richard is the coeditor of “Craddock Stories” with Mike Graves and Fred Craddock. Most recently, with David Trobisch, Richard co-authored “Bring the Word to Life: Exploring the New Testament through Performing It.” He’s published other books and several contributions and articles for the disciplines of homiletics, performance theory, and communication studies. Ward served on the editorial boards for “Feasting on the Word: A Lectionary Commentary Series” and “Feasting on the Gospels” for Westminster John Knox Press. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Ward previously served on the faculties of Iliff School of Theology, Yale Divinity School, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

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