The Creation Care Ministry is creating a Storytelling Project to allow parishioners to share actions they are taking related to Creation Care, as a way for parishioners to share their good work and to encourage others to help reduce climate change. Stories can be about any action you are taking, large or small, to care for creation and mitigate climate change. Stories can take the form of a brief written essay, a video, a photo album, an infographic, or a piece of podcast-style audio. Sharing these stories can help others to learn, lead to new ideas about what to do, and be an inspiration for others to take action too.
Creating and Contributing Your Story
Families and individuals in the congregation can decide on the story they want to share. If you'd like input on their idea, check with Richard Hartung at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you've decided on what you'd like to share, you can tell the story using whatever media you prefer. Write a story, record a short video or podcast using their phone, create a collections of photos with captions, or use another way of communicating their story. Written stories should be 300 words or less. Videos and podcasts should be less than 2 minutes and preferably less than 90 seconds. (While writing or recording a longer story can be tempting, many people will not read or watch stories longer than these length!) Anyone can contribute and everyone is welcome to contribute more than one story.
If there's a story you'd like to tell, but you don't feel that you can write/film/record it yourself, please reach out so the ministry can match you up with a writer or other collaborator.
The story should focus on a specific action you have taken related to Creation Care, including what you did, how you did it, and any impact you saw from taking action. Even small actions can make a big difference, so sharing any action you’ve taken can be beneficial. Some examples of possible stories include:
- Expanding from meatless Monday to add on Meatless Tuesday.
- Walking to meet a friend or to go shopping rather than driving.
- Installing a heat pump.
When you have completed your story, please send it to email@example.com. Richard and the Creation Care Ministry team will read/watch/listen to the story and may share feedback or suggest changes.
Once the story has been reviewed and finalized, it will posted on the cathedral website, and shared on social media, in cathedral newsletters, and other channels. Storytellers will be credited in the post, although you may remain anonymous if you prefer.
For more information about the storytelling project or to provide suggestions, please contact Richard Hartung at firstname.lastname@example.org, Marjorie Ringness at email@example.com or Kathy Minsch firstname.lastname@example.org