Center for Storytelling and Narrative Change

Presbyterian Minister and Children’s Television host Fred Rogers famously said, “Look for the helpers.” With a similar spirit, Auburn Theological Seminary is looking for storytellers who are healing their communities.

We are “sending a better letter to the future.” That letter is in the form of the stories our leaders carry into the future. Storytelling and narrative change efforts equip leaders with tools to identify, engage, and transform the religious and spiritually rooted narratives and stories that cause fear, scarcity, division, distrust, isolation, and alienation. 

Drawing on Auburn’s history going back to the groundbreaking work of the late Dr. Walter Wink (seen here), leaders will be equipped to name the narratives that feed ruptures and conflict. They will be provided storytelling tools to proclaim, reclaim, propagate, and employ prophetic and hopeful narratives across faith traditions that lead to healing and the common good.

Past Dean's Lectures: 

AEGIS. works to prevent genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and is working within Rwanda’s school system to reach young people. In addition to being part of the Dean’s lecture series in New York, Auburn will take a group of multifaith religious leaders to Rwanda in July to participate in the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Friends of Roots. Based in the West Bank, this organization works intergenerationally to foster a grassroots understanding of nonviolence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians.

Orange Shirt Society. Orange Shirt Society founder Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band), helps communities reflect on how Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities reconcile and heal from the history of boarding schools. The Orange Shirt Society was formed to create awareness of the individual, family, and community intergenerational impacts of Indian Residential Schools to support Indian Residential School Reconciliation and promote the truth that EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

See the program page for more information about the next Wink Workshop or dean's lecture.
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