Telling your story

encountering healing, connection, and sacred grace through vulnerability and courage

We know sharing your story is hard. Whether you are sharing the most transforming moments of your life, loss, betrayal, or a moment that made you laugh: sharing your story takes courage and vulnerability to be open and willing to take that kind of risk. Our hope is that in sharing your story you encounter connection, healing, and a moment of sacred grace.

After a large meal, two people tell a short story during our event Stories @ The Edge. The stories are as diverse as our storytellers! Our storytellers have been religious, non-religious, straight, gay, young, old, black, white, conservative, liberal, addicted, broken, loved, and courageous. If it is your story, it is welcome in our space. These evenings are beautiful nights of courage, connection, and authentic sharing.

Are you interested in telling a part of your personal story at Stories @ The Edge?

The Process:

WRITING YOUR STORY

Your story should be…

…a personal story (something you have experienced)

…written and emailed to us about a month before you tell it

…around 10 minutes long

 

PREPARING FOR STORIES @ THE EDGE

Sending your story to us is the beginning of a process that does not stop until Stories @ The Edge.

Story Guide:

Everything about this evening is designed to build relationships and this is one of the most important. As soon as we get your story we will introduce you to your story guide. You and your story guide will meet to talk about your story.  Your story guide is there just for you…they are your supporter, cheerleader, coach, and guide. During your initial meeting, you will: go through the process of the evening, they will answer any questions you may have and fine-tune your story. Your story guide will also give you invitations to hand out to friends and family. On the night of your story, your guide will help you through the evening and will probably be the one to introduce you to the gathering.

Music

A select few, including the musician for the night, prayerfully read and reflect on Telling Your Story. We come up with music that reflects your story and we come up with a symbol and mini-prayer station that reflects your story. Then we send out our army of volunteers to pick music for the evening.

 

TELLING YOUR STORY

The Night

We meet at The Edge, 324 N Nevada. Feel free to park in the lot next to the building. (It is the building with a mural behind Carl’s Jr. We have around 30 people in attendance and start with prayer. Then we eat dinner, “family style,” we pass the salt and pepper, laughing and get to know one another.

Your Story

After dinner, it is story time. Four things happen during each storyteller’s time:
1: Your story guide will introduce you.
2: You will tell your story.
3: We will listen to a song picked to go with your story.
4: We will engage in a short prayerful discussion time.

 

If you are committed to going through the entire process, please let us know below. We will start working with you to get your story on the calendar.

Story Telling FAQ

Can I share my story?

Yes.

But I’m….old…young…black….white….LGBTQ….male…female…liberal…conservative…scared…

Yes.

How do I get on the calendar to be a storyteller?

We would love it if you would send us a paragraph (or the entire 10-minute story…about a thousand words). We will respond with available dates and get you on the official calendar! We highly recommend that you write it down in its entirety before you share it. Writing it down makes a bigger difference than most realize (until they are in the midst of sharing it!)

What happens once I am on the calendar?

  1. We will start designing part of the service around your story including picking music.
  2. When we receive the paragraph describing your story we will put you in contact with your story guide. This person is your support, your contact, cheerleader, and guide. Please meet, in person if possible, at least once before Stories @ The Edge. During your time together you will talk about your story, answer any questions you may have, and make sure your story is as good as it can be for the dinner. This is your contact person through the event and beyond.
  3. Finally, on the night of the dinner, after we eat, it’s story time. We will have two storytellers. When it is your turn, your story guide will introduce you, you will tell your story, we listen to a short song, and then we have a brief discussion.

Please keep this in mind as you write your story:

  • Your story needs to be a personal story; something you have experienced. It can be funny, heartwarming, scary, deep, moving…whatever you feel like telling..but it needs to be yours. It does not need to be about God, but it can be. It does not need to be a transforming moment in your life, but it can be. If you would like help picking a story to write about, feel free to contact us. We have people that can walk you through the process of picking something to write your story about.
  • Your story should be no more than 10 minutes long.
  • You can read your story if you need to but know it has more impact if you tell your story.

We know this is a large commitment! We believe it is a profound experience for all who are involved, and we are excited for you to be part of Stories @ The Edge. If you have any questions, or concerns, or want to talk more, feel free to let us know. We’d be glad to exchange emails, talk on the phone, or chat over a cup of coffee!

How many people do I share my story with?

We usually have at least 15 people and can fit no more than 40 in the small intimate space. Our average attendance is around 30.

What happens when it’s my turn?

After dinner, it is story time. Four things happen during each storyteller’s time:

1: your story guide will introduce you.
2: you will tell your story.
3: we will listen to a song.
4: we will engage in a short prayerful discussion time.

You remain at the front of the room until after full group discussion time. At that point, the pastor will let you know its time to return to your seat.

Do I have to memorize my story?

Other than the beginning and end, we discourage you from memorizing your story. This is your story. The most powerful thing you can do is to tell it. Not what you wrote down for us, not what you’ve practiced in your head…but tell your story. Whatever you say in that moment is what was meant to be said. You will leave things out and you’ll probably say things you didn’t realize you would say. If you were to share the same story three times, it would be a little different every time. Stories are like that, that’s what brings them to life!

We do recommend you are clear about your beginning and your end. This gives you a place to start and a place to end with strength and conviction.

Yes, you can read your story, have notes, or memorize.