First Friday Storytelling Nights
We are people of story. Our traditions, religions, histories, and biographies are compilations of stories told and received, handed down, edited, redacted, metaphorized, dreamed up. It's how ancestors passon knowledge, how teachers inspire, and how we make narrative sense of the world. In pairs, in families, even in virtual communities, we use stories to learn about our world, our neighbors, and even ourselves. Our stories - happy, frightening, tragic, inspiring, comedic, ironic, explanatory, moral, etiological, entertaining, poetic, personal, universal - are integral to who we are, individually and together.
At University Lutheran, we believe in the power of stories, and in the importance of telling them. We gather weekly around the stories of God and God's people. And, we believe that each story - of our fears, of our hopes, of our lives, of our families, of our undoing, of our renaissance, of our redemption - can be inspiring to us and to others . . . but only if that story is shared. The practice of storytelling (and of story-hearing) is an essential part of being human, and we want to encourage, uplift, facilitate, and gather around the telling and hearing of stories.
So, the Young Adults of UniLu are beginning Storytelling Nights - monthly evenings of food, fellowship, and storytelling. Each month, we'll meet for dinner and casual conversation before settling in to hear stories from each other (original or borrowed) on a particular topic, to be announced on this page ahead of time. Join us for Storytelling Nights on the first Friday of every month. We will gather at 5:30 pm to start eating and visiting, and Storytelling will begin at 6:15. You can bring a story, improvise a story, or just come to listen to others' stories. All are welcome.
We will gather for dinner and conversation at 6:00, followed at 6:45 by an evening of storytelling around a theme. Tell us about...
Friday, May 4 - a time you celebrated
Friday, June 1 - a time you felt doubt
Sunday, July 8 - a time someone showed you mercy
Sunday, August 12 - a time when you healed
Sunday, September 9 - a food that's special to you
Sunday, October 13 - a game from your childhood
Previous Storytelling Night themes include:
+ change, transitions, and evolutions (June 2017)
+ a time when you faced a fork in the road of your life and the path you took (July 2017)
+ an ancestor of yours (August 2017)
+ a fictional character who has meant something to you (September 2017)
+ a time you encountered a stranger (November 2017)
+ a place that's close to your heart (December 2017
+ a dream of yours (January 2018)
+ a person you met in church (any church) (February 2018)
+ a story that your family passed on to you (March 2018)
+ a time you were afraid (April 2018)