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Retired pastor leads storytelling event

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“We live in a storytelling age,” retired Pastor Bill White of Madison, Wisconsin, said.

From television to the Internet, stories flood our lives, as the clergyman sees it.

His view: Why not use elements of many stories to highlight love and compassion, sin and grace, wisdom and foolishness, friendship and fidelity?

White will demonstrate that in a presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. May 17 at Columbus First Lutheran Church, 3600 25th St. He will address such questions as: Why did Jesus teach by telling stories? Why do we love to hear good stories? Where can we find good stories to read and share? What do we need to know in order to become a storyteller?

White used stories in his work as pastor. He is the author of seven books, including “Speaking in Stories.” His problem with stories presented on televisions shows: Most are fictional.

“True stories carry and nurture us by helping us to see things as they are, as well as what they can become,” White writes. “They invite us to identify as one of the characters or see ourselves in some aspect of the drama.”

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