New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Dancing with Words

Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith

Ray Buckley • January 2004

BUY Print $14.00

For people of faith, storytelling has special meaning. We are people of the story, and we seek to identify and share our stories in nearly everything we do.

Dancing with Words provides help for all church leaders — both clergy and lay — to explore the history and importance of storytelling in faith development and to acquire basic storytelling skills. You will soon discover ways that storytelling enhances ministry.

Storytelling at its best is an interaction between storyteller and story listener. It is a relationship between the speaker and the listener that may best be described not as a "telling" but as sharing — storysharing. The vehicle is the story, but the experience can be as engaging as an intimate conversation.

In Dancing with Words you will discover that storytelling can enable hearers to view history, values, culture, faith, life lessons, and other critical elements in ways that may be easily assimilated in memory. Through an understanding of the history of storytelling and of storytellers as keepers of beliefs, traditions, history, and values, you will:

  • find new meaning in the stories and the storytellers of the Bible and of the Christian faith
  • learn what makes a good story
  • discover your own style as a storyteller
  • learn the techniques of effective storytelling
  • practice creating stories from your own experience

Tell Stories Leader's Guide is also available.

Ray Buckley is interim director of the Center for Native American Spirituality and Christian Study. He is the author of Dancing with Words and Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-407-8

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: January 2004

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.234 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources

BISAC1: REL074000

BISAC2: REL055020


Books by Ray Buckley