Stories that invite us to be cultural mystics

After more than six decades of life, I am still startled by the profound empathy for humanity often revealed in stories told through sight and sound. Cinema, and increasingly episodic stories on television and the Internet, brings the human face of my brother or sister up close and personal so that I experience the joy and pain of all human living and make a difference in the world.The fact is cinema has a sacramental quality, outward signs of inner realities, that Sr. Nancy Usselmann,* a … [Read more...]

‘The Heart of the Story: Storytelling in a Digital Age’

  Here is a link to a presentation I gave at the Communicators for Women Religious (CWR, formerly the NCNWR) conference last week in Long Beach.Click hereHere is the description for the presentation:How shall we tell our stories in the age when traditional and new media converge are creating new languages that in turn create new networks, communities and contested discourse? What are the key elements to craft our stories and to mediate those produced by the … [Read more...]

Storytelling for Life: Character Education in the Digital World

Click here for an article I wrote for the September-October Today's Catholic Teacher: Storytelling for Life: Character Education in the Digital World with a nod to  Film Clips for Character EducationStudy guides are avaiable online and a new series of study guides integrating media literacy and faith formation will be posted soon. … [Read more...]