Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Moth: drawn to the light

The Moth Mission Statement:
The Moth is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling. We celebrate the ability of stories to honor the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. We do so by helping our storytellers to shape their stories and to share them with the community at large.

So I don't really read... but I do podcast. I recently discovered "The Moth" podcast (thank you This American Life) and I'm loving it.

The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon's Island, Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda's porch. After moving to New York, George missed the sense of connection he had felt sharing stories with his friends back home, and he decided to invite a few friends over to his New York apartment to tell and hear stories. Thus the first "Moth" evening took place in his living room. Word of these captivating story nights quickly spread, and The Moth moved to bigger venues in New York.

I gotta wonder if this isn't more what "church" felt like in Acts...
I grew up attending a small church. Our communion service involved the men of the church standing up randomly and sharing from where they stood a Scripture, a prayer or a story of how God was at work in their lives. I have really come to value and treasure that experience as an adult. And the moth feels like that... regular people telling their stories to one another. This fall Jay's been asking people to share their testimonies in our rehearsal team time and staff meetings. It's cool to get to know one another on a deeper level, to know our stories.

I would love to continue to find ways to do more of this in our church amd team gatherings...

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