It’s a delight to be part of the circle of artists Julie Perrin and Christina Rowntree in Melbourne. Both engaged deeply in the way that story, art and public life intersect, they have kindly asked if I’d offer a few Storywork session in Melbourne on Thursday 9th May and Friday 10th May. These sessions are standalone. On the 11th May, I’m thrilled to be part of launching Julie Perrin’s new book Tender.
Thursday 9 May 2019
Time: 7pm-9pm (registration from 6:30pm)
Venue: Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville
In realms of religion, the word “belief” is often used. What do you believe? Do you agree with this belief? Or that belief? Do you think what you believe is true? This seminar will move the focus of belief away from what we believe to who we believe. Focusing on a central question of “tell us a time when you were believed” we will uncover the power of belief when it’s enacted as a reciprocal and life-giving gesture, especially when it is least expected. FOR: Storytellers, artists, poets, writers and those who lead congregations in ministry and mission.
Wine and nibbles will be available from 6.30pm.
Friday 10 MAY 2019: STORYWORK: A full day workshop for storytellers.
Time: 10am-4pm (registration and coffee/tea from 9.30am)
Venue: Centre for Theology and Ministry (CTM), 29 College Crescent, Parkville
During the day, Pádraig will engage you in practices of using story in congregations and community groups. Everywhere we are surrounded by story. Someone will say “You’ll never guess what happened me on the tram today”, or “I can’t believe my boss is such an idiot”. Behind every statement lies a story, and behind every story lies another story. This session will use narrative technique to bring stories out in the gathered room, and share narrative techniques for use in congregational and community groups.
Then, on Saturday 11th May, I am thrilled to be part of the launch of Julie Perrin’s gorgeous new book Tender, Stories that Lean into Kindness. This collection - in Julie’s warm, insightful, careful and truthful style - gathers sixty stories all around the theme of Tenderness.
60 stories by Julie Perrin published by MediaCom