I tend to be kind of reserved about personal storytelling, but two invitations just lately have shown me how important it is, sometimes, to find a way, as St. Paul says, to “give an account of the hope that is in me.” In my new book, Shaping a Faithful Life, I try to share ideas I’ve used in my teaching, over the last 20 years, to help people look at their own stories in fresh ways, and to discern in their stories the ways that how God invites us to participate more fully in the healing and transformation of this hurting world. That meant saying more, here and there, about my own faith journey. So the book is part workbook, part memoir, part poetry anthology. You can purchase a copy here

A second invitation came from the creators of a faith formation program called “Discover” – at their invitation I had to craft a 5 minute video telling my faith story.  It took a long time to come up with the right part of my story or the right approach – but I recommend this exercise to anyone:  can you share, in a 5 minute conversation, something central to your own faith story? Perhaps this video will inspire you to try:https://youtu.be/MIfCCn0mzRU