How Stories Can Save Us


How Stories Can Save Us

An Interactive Conversation with Mark Yaconelli

“Now more than ever, we need a teacher such as this.” –Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

In an increasingly fast-paced and fractured world, sharing stories can be a radical and deeply human practice for uncovering the ties that bind us to one another. Storyinvitesustostepintotherealityofanotherperson’sexistence and instead of judgment feel kinship. Through his work with The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has served communities across the United States and United Kingdom to bridge divisions, heal trauma, shed light on injustice, and recover hope. In this inspiring, interactive, and intergenerational workshop Mark Yaconelli will show how stories can heal our families, our world, ourselves.

Mark Yaconelli is a speaker, community-builder, and author of The Gifts of Hard Things, Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us as well as four previous books. As founder and director of The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has worked with The Ford Family Foundation, Compassion International, The Greenbelt Arts Festival, The Eli Lilly Foundation, The Mexican- American Center of Austin, among other organizations. Yaconelli holds an MA in Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and received a spiritual direction diploma from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Interviews and profiles of Mark’s work have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC Radio, and ABC World News Tonight. He and his wife have three grown children and live in Ashland, Oregon.

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