Telling transformative faith stories

Pete EuwemaThe power of story

Several years ago, I sat at the notorious Sing Sing Prison in New York listening to a convicted murderer tell me his story. He told me about the night he had been accused, and later convicted, of killing a 92-year-old woman after breaking into her house with two other teens. He told me how he had already served nearly 30 years for that murder, a crime which he still denied having committed. He told me … Read More

Exploring Your Muse

Pete EuwemaThe power of story

“A story is a picture that I have in my head that I wish you could see. In order to move that picture from my head to yours, I use everything I have: my face, body, voice, my sounds and words. And when you laugh, it doesn’t say, ‘That was funny.’ When you laugh, it says, “I just saw it!’” —Donald Davis, at the 2002 Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int. Festival Gathering What tools are … Read More

Experiencing the story of God’s love as a child

Pete EuwemaThe power of story

It was cold and snowy as I drove downtown to the church early that Sunday morning. I shivered as I walked into the cathedral-like Presbyterian church where I worked as the Christian education director. I wondered if there would be any children in Sunday school. As I walked into the classroom, my heart fluttered with joy and anticipation. I love to tell the story of God’s love for creation and about Jesus’ birth, life, death … Read More

The power of stories

Pete EuwemaThe power of story

As he left worship last August, Ted commented to me, “I bet if we had been telling these stories about ourselves, we wouldn’t be where we are today.” On this particular Sunday the mayor of the city, the school district superintendent and the executive director of the local service agency were there to give thanks to the congregation for all it had done for the sake of the children, youth and adults in the city … Read More

APCE adds position: Coordinator of technology and social media

Pete EuwemaThe power of story

Former APCE president John Johnson has been selected to fill the new cabinet position of coordinator of technology and social media. There was a day when APCE depended on the postal service to deliver newsletters and flyers about the great opportunities and events we offered. But today, educators are hopping on the fast-moving train of technology to communicate: Facebook, Twitter, websites, online forums, and more. To help APCE keep pace in this new communication world, … Read More

The power of story

Pete EuwemaThe power of story

Bible storybooks Ralph Milton, Lectionary Story Bible, Years A, B, C. Wood Lake Books, 2007-2009. Illustrated by Margaret Kyle. Milton knows how to spin a yarn. An experienced and gifted storyteller, he draws the listener into the story, even when it deals with difficult subject matter. His easy-going, loving style captivates children and opens avenues for discussion. This series provides Old and New Testament stories for each Sunday of the lectionary cycle. The Family Story … Read More