Quaker Storytellers

A meetingplace for Quakers interested in storytelling and storytellers interested in Quakerism

Hosted by Tom & Sandy Farley, Spontaneous Combustion Storytellers

We know the power of story and have heard stories as ministry. We sense that storytelling is a delightful way to foster community, keep to simplicity, promote peace and equality.


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Finding Quaker Storytellers:

Below are links to web-sites of Quaker storytellers we know of. Please let us know of others we might add.

How Quakers Use Stories

Books and Articles:
An article on storytelling in religious education is available from Pacific Yearly Meeting at Stories Take Us Deeper.

Two recent books, The Healing Heart ~ Families: Storytelling to Encourage Caring and Healthy Families and The Healing Heart ~ Communities: Storytelling to Build Strong and Healthy Communities have a Quaker co-editor David Albert and several contributors are Friends or friends of Friends.

From time to time, Quaker and non-Quaker storytellers have been invited to tell at Quaker gatherings, schools, camps, conference centers, etc. Some Quaker organizations have offered workshops in telling or using stories. We will gladly list or link to such events when we know of them.

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Quaker Connections:

We are members of Palo Alto Meeting of the Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends [Quakers].

For an informal e-mail list on Quaker topics, go to the Yahoo! Group called Dry Clean Only [because most Friends don't practice water baptism.]

FQA is the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts based in Philadelphia, PA.

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Storytelling Connections:

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Where did this story come from? [remember to credit your sources.]

At the 1996 FGC Gathering in Hamilton Ontario, Bobbi Keely and Chuck Fager lead a workshop on The Art and Witness of Quaker Storytelling and most of the Junior Gathering morning groups had a resident storyteller as part of the staff for that week. In planning for that Gathering, Chuck sent an e-mail where he said "I've also been thinking about whether there might be interest and need for a Quaker Storytellers Network....
Whaddaya think?"

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Page last updated on 6/25/08 by Tom Farley of Spontaneous Combustion