2019 Story Gathering and Community Storytelling Resources

Agenda October 2019 Formation in Chicago

One of the remarkable qualities of the story is that it creates space. We can dwell in a story, walk around, find our own place. The story confronts but does not oppress; the story inspires but does not manipulate. The story invites us to an encounter, a dialogue, a mutual sharing. As long as we have stories to tell each other there is hope. – Henri Nouwen

Story Resources

Story Engagement Activities

  • Exploring Story: Word Suitcase – All members
  • Inclusive Interviewing Practice – Assistants and Leaders
  • Triad Interviewing Practice (adapted from StoryCorps) TO COME
  • Particular is Universal – writing exercise
    • I am From…
    • My L’Arche Is…
      • Invite participants to complete a sheet.
      • Participants each share their writing/poem in turn in small groups and then each picks one line to share with the large group.
      • Create collective “We are from…” or “Our L’Arche is…” by each person (or pair or group) reading one line around the circle in a large group.
      • Use pairings, pics, drawings (or videod responses) to make more inclusive.

Many of the L’Arche USA pdfs are available in an editable format. For access or to inquire about a resource from the formation not yet linked, please reach out to Sharon sharon@larcheusa.org.