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Second Saturdays: The use of story in congregational settings

July 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Gilead Church in Chicago is a beautiful and unique new church conceived, visioned and created by Rev. Rebecca Anderson and Rev. Vince Amlin.  “a progressive, inclusive, creative community of Christian faith on Chicago’s north side — a community that makes beautiful worship, throws great parties, and tells true stories that save lives.”

Please join us on Saturday July 10th as Rebecca Anderson guides us through the use of story in our congregational settings. Spend a fun, conversational (but structured!) morning generating ideas and getting some tools in the mix to craft your own stories. Dream about what storytelling could do in your own setting. Consider what stories have been missing and how to invite them. Leave with ideas you can put to work in your community right away, and some inspiration for even bigger plans down the road. (Have you been imagining hosting a story event in a local bar? Wondering if you could expand your Lenten storytelling practice? Picturing yourself onstage at The Moth?)

Storytelling  is having a moment.  And we think the Church should get in on it — especially since we know it’s not new.  Telling true stories in meaningful language has been at the heart of the gospel since the beginning. Now it’s our story to tell.


Rev. Rebecca Anderson is co-pastor at two Chicago churches. You can find her on Sunday mornings at Bethany UCC in Ravenswood (BethanyChicago.com), and Sunday evenings at Gilead, a queer, storytelling, bar church that she started with friend and colleague Vince Amlin (GileadChicago.org).

Rebecca is ordained Disciples clergy. She received her Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago (Disciples Divinity House, resident) and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in playwrighting from Hampshire College, (Amherst, MA)

She comes to storytelling via stand-up comedy, playwrighting, and preaching. She’s been on Snap Judgment (radio), and podcasts including The Broad Experience, and Broccoli & Ice Cream. Active in the Chicago storytelling scene, she’s performed with events like RISK!, 2nd Story, The Moth, and This Much is True. She’s head honcho of Earshot (EarshotStories.com), running storytelling workshops across the country (and, now, internationally. Thanks, Canada).  She’s always looking for the least crowded forest preserves, her biscuits are unparalleled, and she knows the best places to pick juneberries.



July 10, 2021
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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