Friday, 29th March 2019

Time MAIN STAGE ACT CONNECT CREATE DEEPEN THINK PERFORM OTHER VENUES
4:00 pm Registration Opens
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Registration Opens

Registration will remain open from 4pm-8pm on Friday, 8am-8pm on Saturday, and 8am-7pm on Sunday.

Speaker:
West Gate along Chalmers Ave
March 29, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: OTHER VENUES Track: Operations
4:30 pm
6:00 pm   Offers & Needs Market Introduction
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Offers & Needs Market Introduction

Have a gift, service or opportunity to share? In need of a freelancer, a new office space, or a new take on an old problem? Whether you're an individual or organization with a need or a question, or you have some wisdom or resources to share, join us for the New Story Festival Offers and Needs Market, where we'll unearth an astounding variety of assets, resources and talents from within our Austin community, and connect the dots with each other to meet long-standing needs of our organizations and communities. Want to plan your offer or talk about your need in advance? Email info@newstoryfestival.com

Speaker:
Stellar Dutcher
March 29, 2019, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
Authentic Relating Games
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Authentic Relating Games

Authentic Relating Games
Come discover the fun and depth of Authentic Relating Games and mindfulness exercises! Everyone welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Speaker:
Scott Gregory
March 29, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story
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Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story

Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story
Through guided writing exercises, meditation, and class discussion, we will explore the broad theme of “culture” and how our unique experiences have influenced our understanding of ourselves, our faith journeys, and our sense of belonging.

Speaker:
Tamisha Tyler
March 29, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
Unified Mindfulness
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Unified Mindfulness

Appreciate, Nurture, Transcend, Express ~ You're invited to experience an introduction to the Unified Mindfulness framework as taught by Shinzen Young. We'll learn about the core attentional skills that mindfulness practice cultivates, as well as different ways to cultivate those skills in a comprehensive scientific framework that can be applied to any spiritual practice you are already doing. Be Mindful and optimize the happy :)

Speaker:
Danny Morris
March 29, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
How Do You Know?
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How Do You Know?

How Do You Know?
Most of us know the basics of the “scientific method”. We may not realize it, but we use this method every day to make decisions and to form opinions even about non-scientific events. Dr. Shaver will first give a brief presentation and then invite the participants into a conversation.

Christianity asks us to make decisions about our religious beliefs and practices. Do we default to the scientific method to process our religious beliefs and practices or is there a similar “religious method” to help us?

When we talk about personal faith, especially our experiences of God, we do so because we have worked through our questions to find language to express our faith in a way that makes sense to us. Do we use the scientific method, a religious method, or some combination to determine how our personal faith and religious practices fit together with our scientific world views?

Using work inspired by that of Ian Barbour, a scientist and member of the United Church of Christ, we will discuss the ways that our thinking processes do and do not help us as we speak about science, religion, and faith from a Progressive Christian perspective.

Speaker:
Ruth Shaver
March 29, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
Radicalizing Institutions
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Radicalizing Institutions

Radicalizing Institutions
Institutions have the power to influence who we become; what type of persons we become. By and large, these institutions, whether they be school or congregation, the state legislature or the institutions of commerce and industry, are characterized by a diminution of public space, and an understanding of self as atomistic individuals with no connection to one another, resulting in the loss of an understanding of the meaning of public obligation.

We need to radicalize our institutions into places that value relationship and neighborliness. We do this by rooting action in our faith communities, schools, and neighborhood groups. Ordinary people can organize through their institutions to move issues that affect the well-being of the community such as job training, access to healthcare, drainage and more. Such actions are indeed radical if the issue is both an end and a means: an end in that moving the issue affects people’s well-being, and a means, to transform those institutions that form us, thereby developing people who are generous, just, and compassionate.

Speaker:
Sabrina Jennings
March 29, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
6:30 pm John Francis
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John Francis

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John Francis
March 29, 2019, 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
   
7:00 pm Festival Welcome & Opening Ceremony
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Festival Welcome & Opening Ceremony

Speaker:
New Story Hosts
March 29, 2019, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
7:30 pm Headline Speaker: Rev. angel Kyodo Williams
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Headline Speaker: Rev. angel Kyodo Williams

Headline Speaker: Rev. angel Kyodo Williams

Speaker:
angel Kyodo williams
March 29, 2019, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
8:00 pm
8:30 pm Headline Musician: Riders Against the Storm
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Headline Musician: Riders Against the Storm

Headline Musician: Riders Against the Storm

Speaker:
Riders Against the Storm
March 29, 2019, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
9:00 pm
9:30 pm
10:00 pm   Film Screening: Summer in the Forest
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Film Screening: Summer in the Forest

Film Screening: Summer in the Forest
An exquisite film about the l'Arche community and founder Jean Vanier. Described by The Guardian as “breathtakingly beautiful,” SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Jean Vanier and the L’Arche community will show us what it means to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy. This is a truly beautiful, meditative and joyful film. Introduced and followed by a conversation with l'Arche advocates Doug Harrison and Gillian Spangler.

Speakers:
Doug Harrison, Gillian Spangler
March 29, 2019, 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
Porch Circles
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Porch Circles

Porch Circles
A new way to find shelter: four simple questions, asked in groups of between three to eight people, no expertise needed: just an open heart, an open mind, a willingness to learn. Join us for a circle that might change your life.

Speaker:
Gareth Higgins
March 29, 2019, 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
      Talk Show with Rev. angel Kyodo Williams & John Francis
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Talk Show with Rev. angel Kyodo Williams & John Francis

Talk Show with Rev. angel Kyodo Williams & John Francis
Join Nancy & Brian for a wide-ranging conversation with special guests drawn from among the festival headliners, asking key questions about we decide what to do with our lives. Tonight's guests: angel Kyodo Williams & musician John Francis. A late night treat for the end of a rich and beautiful day.

Speakers:
angel Kyodo williams, Brian Ammons, Gareth Higgins, John Francis, Nancy Hastings Sehested
March 29, 2019, 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
10:30 pm     Late Night Reflection/Meditation
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Late Night Reflection/Meditation

After a powerful day we imagine there will be much to integrate as the new story starts to take root. Come join us for a late night meditation where we will sit together in silence, tune into our bodies and minds and allow space for the insights of the day to integrate.

Speaker:
Danny Morris
March 29, 2019, 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
Strategies for Collapsing the Space Between Strangers
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Strategies for Collapsing the Space Between Strangers

Strategies for Collapsing the Space Between Strangers
You've gathered a room full of strangers in an attempt to form a community of practice. Perhaps you're all building a creative piece, galvanizing volunteers or running a town hall meeting. The room might feel timid, polite, cold or full of uncertainty. Where do you begin? This inclusively minded session will be fully participatory, radically playful, and possibly sweaty. We'll explore drama based pedagogies inspired by Katie Dawson, Augosto Boal, Anne Bogart, Michael Road and others that will serve any leader/facilitator who aims to collapse the distance between strangers in a manner that is authentic, joy-filled and responsible. Attendees will leave with exercises they can implement and adapt to their unique settings.
Samantha is a writer, performer and teaching artist dedicated to creating artistic experiences that bridge secular and spiritual communities. Will is an arts educator and theatre-maker who is currently an MFA candidate in Drama & Theatre for Youth & Community at the University of Texas researching strategies for incorporating the arts in the fight for educational equity. They believe that if we can build the trust necessary for playing together, then we might be able to build the trust necessary to imagine new stories together.

Speaker:
Samantha & Will Beach Kiley
March 29, 2019, 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
 
11:00 pm     Midnight Moonshine Mass (Connection Lounge Patio)
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Midnight Moonshine Mass (Connection Lounge Patio)

Midnight Moonshine Mass (Connection Lounge Patio)
The concept of a Midnight Moonshine Mass is that it is an outlaw event, connecting us to the ways the early followers of the Way may have worshiped before church liturgy arose.

Speaker:
Ian Lynch
March 29, 2019, 11:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: OTHER VENUES Track: Other Venues

Saturday, 30th March 2019

Time MAIN STAGE ACT CONNECT CREATE DEEPEN THINK PERFORM OTHER VENUES
8:00 am Registration Opens
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Registration Opens

Speaker:
West Gate along Chalmers Ave
March 30, 2019, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Operations
Friends of Bill (Connect Drop-In Space)
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Friends of Bill (Connect Drop-In Space)

Speaker:
Anonymous
March 30, 2019, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Registration Opens
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Registration Opens

Registration open on Saturday from 8am to 8pm.

Speaker:
West Gate along Chalmers Ave
March 30, 2019, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Hall: CREATE Track: Operations
Birdsong Meditation & Conversation (meet at Main Festival Entrance)
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Birdsong Meditation & Conversation (meet at Main Festival Entrance)

Birdsong Meditation & Conversation (meet at Main Festival Entrance)
Birders develop skills to pay attention to subtle details to find and identify birds. These skills can become a model for ways to notice the movement of the Wild Goose Spirit of God. Birders also organize on the fly to help others find rare birds when they are discovered. It is a purely missional move, a single objective with a structure designed for the specific moment. In this time of "great spiritual migration" (as Brian McLaren has called it) the church needs these sorts of skills. Through anecdotes and some teaching of birding skills, the presentation will follow McLaren's model of letting go, letting be, and rising up suggesting new ways to do church.

Coupled with the talk would be a sitting bird listening meditation. The urban setting makes it challenging but that also makes the reward greater. It helps to expand our sense of place and realize the movement & perhaps call to the chase, that is happening all around us all the time.

Speaker:
Ian Lynch
March 30, 2019, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Hall: OTHER VENUES Track: Other Venues
8:30 am
9:00 am Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams in Conversation
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Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams in Conversation

Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams in Conversation
Join our special guest Rev angel Kyodo Williams for a conversation about deepening our connection to each other, the earth, and love itself. Your questions are welcome!

Speaker:
angel Kyodo williams
March 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
Confessing Racism
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Confessing Racism

Confessing Racism
Austin’s self image is progressive and artistic. While there’s much to love about this city, our history is characterized by racism and economic inequality; some overt and some less obvious. Similarly, my own history includes grandparents and other extended family who unapologetically used derogatory racial language and displayed confederate flags all while considering themselves good Christian people. While I’ve distanced myself from that way of thinking and acting, I’ve come to recognize that my life remains characterized by subtle racism and unexamined privilege.

Healing can’t truly begin without naming what is; identifying the disease. My hope is that this session can a time of confession, lament, and prayer for genuine repentance and change. For the first half of this session, I plan to frame this by talking through a bit of Austin’s racial history, telling some of my own story, and asking forgiveness for ways I and other people of privilege have been part of perpetuating harmful practices and systems. The second half will be engaged in inviting others to engage with repentance and lament and repentance regarding their own prejudices. This will include a chance to write and post these prayers (anonymously) in an installation accessible throughout the festival.

Speaker:
Terra McDaniel
March 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Hall: ACT Track: Act
More Coming Soon
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More Coming Soon

Speaker:
TBA
March 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Hall: CONNECT Track: More Coming Soon
  Sanctuary Yoga (75 minutes)
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Sanctuary Yoga (75 minutes)

This all-levels class is a welcoming space to deepen our yoga practice through mindfulness, self-reflection, and connection. Starting with a brief check-in, we will consciously connect to the physical experience of body and breath as a focus to train our awareness to be stable, calm, genuine, and present. This practice helps us explore our physical and mental practice as a platform for developing presence, patience, and compassion for ourselves and others, giving us skills that we can take out of the studio and into our daily lives.

Speaker:
Shawn Kent
March 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
Singing the Psalms in the 21st Century
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Singing the Psalms in the 21st Century

Singing the Psalms in the 21st Century
What do 3000-year-old Hebrew texts have to do with 21st-century American life? You might be surprised. These are passionate songs of outraged protest, joyful gratitude and the great unknown. Come hear Psalmist Richard Bruxvoort Colligan lead us in song toward living a full-range life.

Speaker:
Richard Bruxvoort
March 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Hall: THINK Track: Think
   
9:30 am   Imaginal: Dying and Rising in Story and Song (75 minutes)
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Imaginal: Dying and Rising in Story and Song (75 minutes)

Imaginal: Dying and Rising in Story and Song  (75 minutes)
From the stories of Jonah in the belly of the whale or Persephone in the Underworld to Star Wars, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings, the journey to passionate, authentic living and wholeness always includes a stop in wilderness places we'd rather not visit. But sometimes we don’t have a choice. And whether it's divorce, illness, or any of life's darkest challenges, sometimes the events in our lives place us firmly on that path through the dark woods.
In this music-driven presentation the presenter uses the ancient Sumerian wisdom story of the Descent of Inanna as the backdrop for her own journey through the wilderness. Drawing on Jungian wisdom woven with uplifting music and personal experience, Sheri shows us that the story never ends in the darkness. And just like the caterpillar, if we are willing to see the process through the murky “soup” of those “imaginal cells,” we will emerge as a beautiful butterfly, reborn into new life.

Speaker:
Sheri Kling
March 30, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
10:00 am   Science & Social Justice (45 minutes)
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Science & Social Justice (45 minutes)

Science & Social Justice (45 minutes)
Science students in the STEM Research Scholars and St. David's Foundation Scholars Programs at Huston-Tillotson University (HT) engage in scientific research as part of their training. HT is a historically black college or university (HBCU) with a legacy of, and commitment to, social justice. To embody this history and mission, we apply the tools and practices of scientific research to clarify issues of importance to our east Austin community. Current collaborative student/faculty projects include studies of food availability, health disparity, affordable housing impacts, and environmental quality.

Speaker:
Amanda Masino
March 30, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: ACT Track: Act
The Gift of Wonder
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The Gift of Wonder

The Gift of Wonder
Jesus told his disciples that to enter the kingdom of God they needed to become like children yet there is rarely anything childlike about our faith. We suffer from play deprivation, nature deficit disorder, awe deletion and compassion fatigue and as a result we are God deprived too.
In this workshop I invite you to reawaken your inner child and rediscover the childlike characteristics that reconnect us to our passionate God who delights in life, celebrates with joy and exudes a sense of awe and wonder. This interactive workshop will have us remembering our childhood stories, doodling for fun, painting on rocks and and relearning the awe and wonder of nature walks, hotspot sightings and compassion games, exercises that enable us to delight in God in new and creative ways.

Speaker:
Christine Aroney-Sine
March 30, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
   
10:30 am The Seventh Story - Brian McLaren & Gareth Higgins
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The Seventh Story - Brian McLaren & Gareth Higgins

The Seventh Story - Brian McLaren & Gareth Higgins
Human beings have developed six stories to help make sense of our lives, bring peace and security, and deliver happiness. The bad news is that none of them work! The good news is that there is a Seventh Story - beyond fight, flight, or freeze, transcending separation and avoiding suffering, connecting more deeply with each other, with the earth, and with Love itself. Come find out how you can step into the Seventh Story.

Speakers:
Brian McLaren, Gareth Higgins, Heather Harris
March 30, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
Expression & Communication Through Acrobatics
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Expression & Communication Through Acrobatics

Expression & Communication Through Acrobatics
This is an Open Level, interactive workshop that explores the subtleties of non-verbal communication in acrobatics, acroyoga and embodied partner storytelling. We teach and breakdown acrobatic skills to explore the power of trust, connection and intentional movement. Within 90 minutes participants not only learn new skills that highlight their strengths but get to integrate and practice the possibilities of innovative body oriented expression.

Speakers:
David McKay, Iffy Roma
March 30, 2019, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Elder Porch with Amparo Garcia-Crow and friends (75 minutes)
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Elder Porch with Amparo Garcia-Crow and friends (75 minutes)

Elder Porch with Amparo Garcia-Crow and friends (75 minutes)
The wisdom of elders is making a comeback! Join Amparo and friends who will form an informal elder wisdom circle - bring your questions, a cup of coffee, an open-heart and learn from those who have traveled the path before...

Speaker:
Amparo Garcia-Crow
March 30, 2019, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
Birthing a Greater Reality: Personal & Global Transformation
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Birthing a Greater Reality: Personal & Global Transformation

Are we as humans looking for a new story? One that takes us beyond the self-serving paradigm of us versus them to one that is life-giving, supportive, collaborative and works for all? It’s time to create a new story and birth a greater reality. We are at a moment in time when we have the opportunity to move beyond our history, to the unknown calling us forth. Join us for this dynamic conversation where we’ll explore how we got here, where we are heading, and more importantly how to participate as individuals in global transformation. You’ll find fun, practical tools to inspire your imagination of what is possible and see more clearly how we play our part in the new earth that is emerging.

Speaker:
Kristen & Brian Grandon
March 30, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Hall: THINK Track: Think
   
11:00 am Immigrant Caravan
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Immigrant Caravan

Immigrant Caravan

Speaker:
Gavin Rogers
March 30, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
Varieties of Pluralism: A Conversation
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Varieties of Pluralism: A Conversation

Varieties of Pluralism: A Conversation
What do we mean when we talk about pluralism? How can various religious traditions coexist? Join a conversation hosted by HT professor James Kraft, with special guests, and find deep inspiration for relationship, understanding, and interfaith cooperation based on the recognition of similarities among the religious peoples of the world.

Speakers:
James Kraft, Micky ScottBey Jones
March 30, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
11:30 am   Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story
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Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story

Through guided writing exercises, meditation, and class discussion, we will explore the broad theme of “culture” and how our unique experiences have influenced our understanding of ourselves, our faith journeys, and our sense of belonging.

Speaker:
Tamisha Tyler
March 30, 2019, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
Dialogue: The Key to Peace (75 minutes)
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Dialogue: The Key to Peace (75 minutes)

Dialogue: The Key to Peace (75 minutes)
Dialogue is the key to peace. Yet, in our polarized western world, we are killing one another through harmful rhetoric, creating more barriers, exclusive tribes and scapegoating the “other” beyond repair. Brew Theology exists to brew theology and create interfaith communities through healthy, meaningful and eclectic dialogue in pubs. We are changing the way we do community, one conversation at a time. Within 18 months, a small community in Denver (2014) grew from 5 dudes sitting at a bar once a month to becoming an active community of 70 participants. This interfaith, intergenerational community filled with male, female, LGBTQ+ and a range of other “labeled” people meets weekly, bringing hope and healing to a post-Christian world. Founder Ryan Miller, along with Co-Director, Janel Apps-Ramsey, run the network, Brew Theology (brewtheology.org). They are graduate level trained and experienced clergy with an open, inter-religious tent and posses the skills to work amongst varying expressions of spirituality, theology and religion. Janel and Ryan offer tangible “How To’s” to help your community build healthy bridges in an increasingly polarizing western world. Brew Theology believes the world needs this kind of radically productive discussion that will further lead to healthier communities, not divisive echo chambers.

Speakers:
Janel Apps Ramsey, Ryan Miller
March 30, 2019, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
Mindfulness in Tennis (Tennis Courts)
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Mindfulness in Tennis (Tennis Courts)

Mindfulness in Tennis (Tennis Courts)
This offering will guide participants through basic tennis exercises, both as individuals and with partners, with an emphasis on mindfulness as a mode of learning. Rackets and balls will be provided.

Speaker:
Travis Fitzgold
March 30, 2019, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Hall: OTHER VENUES Track: Other Venues
12:00 pm Surrendered Leadership 101: What's 'relating' really all about?
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Surrendered Leadership 101: What's 'relating' really all about?

Surrendered Leadership 101: What's 'relating' really all about?
Why do some of the world's top AI researchers, altruists, leadership professors, businesses and philosophers utilize this practice as a way to bring more awareness and elegance into the way we relate? This main stage presentation will be highly experiential as you're invited to a conversational meditation with your peers in a wild introspective journey exploring the dizzying edge between "I" and "not I."
www.surrenderedleadership.com

Speaker:
Jordan Myska Allen
March 30, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
       
12:30 pm Storytelling for Interfaith Cooperation
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Storytelling for Interfaith Cooperation

Storytelling for Interfaith Cooperation
Storytelling is one of the core skills of interfaith leadership: not only does it build meaningful relationships as a method of dialogue, but it helps build a social movement. Join Interfaith Youth Core's New Story Festival partners to explore your own faiths and traditions and identify opportunities for meaningful stories to build interfaith cooperation.

Speaker:
Interfaith Youth Core
March 30, 2019, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
Authentic Relating Games
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Authentic Relating Games

Authentic Relating Games
Come discover the fun and depth of Authentic Relating Games and mindfulness exercises! Everyone welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Speaker:
Scott Gregory
March 30, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Enneagram Powered Forgiveness
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Enneagram Powered Forgiveness

Trading Judgment & Resentment for Love & Peace Using the Lines of the Enneagram

Speaker:
Daniel Hope
March 30, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
     
1:00 pm   Little Altars: Mixed Media Mantras
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Little Altars: Mixed Media Mantras

Little Altars: Mixed Media Mantras
Setting an intention or mantra for yourself and exploring the mantra through mixed media

Speaker:
Helms Jarrell
March 30, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
EcoTheism
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EcoTheism

EcoTheism
A “deep sustainability” (EcoTheist) interpretation of The Great Story -- the science-based history of everyone and everything -- is vital for staying sane, sober, and inspired in contracting and confusing times. Such an evidence-based “sacred realism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and community in an uncertain world. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, we are already in the early stages of, what could be called, The Great Reckoning. The good news is that this could also be The Great Homecoming: The prodigal species, after squandering our inheritance, comes home to Reality/God. This dynamic, multi-media presentation bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.

Speaker:
Michael Dowd
March 30, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
Visio Divina: Seeing the Word
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Visio Divina: Seeing the Word

How can art, science and prayer co-habitate in our soulful journey? In what was are our spiritual imaginations conversing with Scripture and art? Through Visio Divina, we will reflect and pray with images from the St. John's Bible . Together we will explore how visual theology can bring the Word of God to life in our hearts and in our minds.

This experience will lead attenders through art in the St. John's Bible with the creative prayer practice of Visio Divina. Suzanne will explain the process of Visio Divina, what the St. John's Bible is and then together we will explore the richness of praying visually with art and scripture.

Speaker:
Suzanne Castle
March 30, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
Memories & Monuments Tour (Off-Site)
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Memories & Monuments Tour (Off-Site)

Memories & Monuments Tour (Off-Site)
Meeting outside the Texas state capitol's eastern entrance, we'll spend time walking around the grounds and surveying the various public monuments on display, which include ones dedicated to African American, Tejano, and Confederate experiences, as well as a number of veteran's memorials. We'll meditate on the messages these monuments seek to convey to onlookers—views about history, identity, race and the imagined future. We'll also contemplate the silences and omissions of the capitol's symbolic landscape: who is left out of the story on offer, and why? After an hour or so, we'll meander back to the festival. Parking is available for free (up to 2 hours) at the visitor parking garage on the east side of the capitol. A number of us will be walking and/or scootering back. It's just over a mile.

Speaker:
Ben Wright
March 30, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall: OTHER VENUES Track: Other Venues
1:30 pm Introduction to Holocracy
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Introduction to Holocracy

Speaker:
Brian Robertson
March 30, 2019, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
  Realizing Wholeness through Health Crisis
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Realizing Wholeness through Health Crisis

Realizing Wholeness through Health Crisis
Workshop on realizing the spiritual opportunity that can be found in experiences of disability or serious health issues. We will all become disabled at some point of our life. This is a time that we can find gifts that we do not know we have, release ego attachments to our abilities, and develop a closer connection to the Spirit within ourselves and others. Topics include moving through grief, developing gratitude, achieving acceptance, letting go of fear, a spiritual technique for pain management, exploring new gifts, and giving others the blessing of feeling helpful, realizing our wholeness is a Spiritual state that is healing.

Speaker:
Kaye Love
March 30, 2019, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
2:00 pm Stories from Elsewhere: Gareth Higgins on northern Ireland Peace-Making
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Stories from Elsewhere: Gareth Higgins on northern Ireland Peace-Making

Stories from Elsewhere: Gareth Higgins on northern Ireland Peace-Making
New Story Festival co-founder Gareth Higgins was born and raised in northern Ireland, living through nineteen years of the civil conflict there until ceasefires and a peace process began in 1994. He cofounded the zero28 project in 1998, a nonprofit aiming to help change the dynamics of oppositional thinking and polarized relationships, and for the past ten years has been involved in helping folks in the US think about the parallels and possibilities in our own polarized society. This session is an opportunity to think and talk together about hopes, dreams, laments, and strategies for a shared future.

Speaker:
Gareth Higgins
March 30, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
Ecstatic Dance
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Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance

Speaker:
Amparo Garcia-Crow
March 30, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
 
2:30 pm         Crime & Punishment: Performance and Discussion
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Crime & Punishment: Performance and Discussion

Crime & Punishment: Performance and Discussion
Penfold Theatre presents a new, 90-minute stage adaptation of Dostoevsky's CRIME & PUNISHMENT March 21 - April 6. The three-actor cast, director and producers will come to perform an excerpt of the script and discuss with the audience the relevance of this story to 21st century America, the artistic choices made to heighten crucial aspects of the story's message, and how Dostoevsky's tale might challenge us to live into a "new story."

Speaker:
Penfold Theatre
March 30, 2019, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
3:00 pm Climate: A New Story and Q&A with Charles Eisenstein
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Climate: A New Story and Q&A with Charles Eisenstein

Climate: A New Story and Q&A with Charles Eisenstein
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His new book CLIMATE: A NEW STORY is a paradigm-shifting invitation to rethink our relationship with the earth, beginning with the street on which we live. Join Charles for a conversation about how you can join the new story.

Speakers:
Charles Eistenstein, Gareth Higgins
March 30, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
    Embody Love Workshop - Session for All Women
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Embody Love Workshop - Session for All Women

Embody Love Workshop - Session for All Women
Anna is a trauma-informed yoga teacher and body-image activist specializing in therapeutic yoga for people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, disordered eating and/or positive self-image. https://www.annalynnlively.com/

Speaker:
Anna Lively
March 30, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
  How Demographic and Lifestyle Data Can Help You Learn and Love the Stories of the Communities You Serve
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How Demographic and Lifestyle Data Can Help You Learn and Love the Stories of the Communities You Serve

How Demographic and Lifestyle Data Can Help You Learn and Love the Stories of the Communities You Serve
Neighborhoods are changing so fast that the faith-based communities and organizations that serve them no longer have the luxury of learning about them by osmosis. This program will describe newly-developed tools and processes by which leaders can use demographic and lifestyle data help faith-based communities and organizations reveal and understand the stories of the neighborhoods they serve, so that they might better engage with them.

Speaker:
Ken Howard
March 30, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
 
3:30 pm Towards Beloved Community: Connection & Accountability In Healing Racism
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Towards Beloved Community: Connection & Accountability In Healing Racism

bell hooks says "If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege." Part of this means that people who occupy places of privilege in our society have a responsibility to reflect on and dismantle the ways in which we perpetuate racism. This is a sacred task. Join us for a session primarily for & by white people, as we have imperfect, vulnerable, authentic conversations about our part in building beloved community, and bring some awareness to how we carry the legacy of the wounds of racism in our bodies and minds. Wherever you are on your journey, all are welcome.

Speakers:
Micky ScottBey Jones, Stellar Dutcher
March 30, 2019, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
Creating with Scripture
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Creating with Scripture

Creating with Scripture
The L.I.V.E. method for group theological reflection centers on the telling of personal, slice-of-life stories. Once a story is spoken, it becomes the group’s story as each person immerses themselves within its landscape and seeks out connections to the holy. L.I.V.E helps both storyteller and story holder gain insight into God’s movement in everyday life. This is a participatory workshop facilitated by Melissa Wiginton (or David White).

Speaker:
Education Beyond the Walls
March 30, 2019, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Worship Arts Creativity Scrum (75 minutes)
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Worship Arts Creativity Scrum (75 minutes)

Worship Arts Creativity Scrum (75 minutes)
"Our faith community is gifted with visual and music artists, poets, writers, and space-creation decorators and imaginers, as well as contemplatives and meditators. We will bring and set up prompts, poems, art pieces large and small, prayers, materials, paints, paper, prayer beads, mandalas, singing bowls, rough crosses and icons, musical instruments, and more, and encourage participants to collaboratively and/or individually to create either a gathering that people can do together, or just create a template and see how that feels. There will be no doctrinal or religious restrictions on what is created. We will also have a crew on hand to assist / brainstorm / co-create with participants.
We can do this as an ongoing station for people to just enjoy, come and go, stay as long as they like - and/or we can also have a 55-minute session in which people create for 25 minutes and then enact the experience in the space they help create for the other 30 minutes. "

Speaker:
Rick Diamond
March 30, 2019, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
   
4:00 pm      
4:30 pm       We are Made of Stories
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We are Made of Stories

We are Made of Stories
What non-biblical stories are sacred to you? What stories do you look to for advice, inspiration, or guidance as you go about your daily life? The concept of reading contemporary fiction with the same reverence, authority, and hermeneutical principles used in reading sacred scripture is growing, and both religious and non-religious people are integrating generative, contemporary texts and stories into their spiritual and/or ethical development. The most familiar example of this practice right now is seen in the popular podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.”

This session will explore the practice of reading contemporary fiction as sacred text by facilitating conversation around three main questions:
1) What makes a text “sacred”?
2) What is the relationship between fiction and truth?
3) What difference does the “investment of belief” in contemporary fiction make in the lives of those who read it?

This session can be 60-90 minutes long, depending on time available and will be a mix of presentation and facilitated group discussion. Video projection would be very useful, but not essential.

Speaker:
Jayme Reaves
March 30, 2019, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
   
5:00 pm Michael Dowd in Conversation
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Michael Dowd in Conversation

Michael Dowd in Conversation
Join "apocal-optimistic" ecotheist Michael Dowd for a wide-ranging conversation about how to live with joy amidst struggle, and take reality seriously without losing your mind! All your questions will be welcome.

Speakers:
Gareth Higgins, Michael Dowd
March 30, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
  More Coming Soon
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More Coming Soon

Speaker:
TBA
March 30, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: More Coming Soon
Art and Spirituality: An Expression of Mental Health Self-Care
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Art and Spirituality: An Expression of Mental Health Self-Care

Art and Spirituality: An Expression of Mental Health Self-Care
This workshop will allow participants to explore their understanding of spirituality and religion, particularly in regards to self-care. Often conceptualized in varying ways, spirituality and religion, can capture a spectrum of beliefs and definitions. Varying definitions of these two concepts from a psychological framework will be reviewed along with recent demographic trends pertaining to spirituality and religion. Participants will have a chance to creatively express their understanding of the concepts of religion and spirituality through the use of creating mandalas. In addition, this workshop will also review ways in which spirituality can serve as a support to mental health. More specifically participants will brainstorm spiritual aspects of self-care through the use of metaphor and imagery. There is no requirement for participants to have any artistic skill, just the desire to creatively play and explore spirituality through an expressive means.

Speakers:
Awa Jangha, PhD
March 30, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
  Engaging Our Social Locations in Service to Justice
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Engaging Our Social Locations in Service to Justice

Engaging Our Social Locations in Service to Justice

Speakers:
Jennifer Owens-Jofré, Fatima Mann
March 30, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
5:30 pm Original Blessing: A Better Story of Human Nature
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Original Blessing: A Better Story of Human Nature

Original Blessing: A Better Story of Human Nature
Regardless of whether we believe in it or not, the story of original sin as told through Western Christianity influences our culture, our values, and our ideas--and not for the better. It's a story that doubts human goodness and requires us to go "outside" of ourselves for spiritual growth and healing. Original blessing instead tells the story of an innate goodness that we can neither deny or destroy. God has chosen to love creation unconditionally, and does not ask us to reject or deny our humanity but instead invites us deep within our souls to find this connection. While original blessing is encouraging, it's also wise and aware of our human capacity for both tremendous good and horrific evil. The task of our lives is to gain wisdom by navigating between those two realities within us. Original blessing claims we do our best human work when we live close to the place within us that is grounded in unconditional love, freed and empowered to be our fullest selves. This program will provide a brief overview of original blessing, including a reframing of the Genesis 3 story as a coming of age story and an invitation to practice wisdom in the fertile fields of creation.

Speaker:
Danielle Shroyer
March 30, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
  Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story
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Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story

Through guided writing exercises, meditation, and class discussion, we will explore the broad theme of “culture” and how our unique experiences have influenced our understanding of ourselves, our faith journeys, and our sense of belonging.

Speaker:
Tamisha Tyler
March 30, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
 
6:00 pm     Disordered Eating / Joyful Eating
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Disordered Eating / Joyful Eating

Disordered Eating / Joyful Eating
Corporations and entrepreneurs channel vast amounts of money into convincing us that the secret to health and weight loss can be unlocked… if we purchase the right product or adopt some magic discipline. Yet collectively we are getting neither thinner nor happier. We have a big, desperate problem, as big as the excess pounds—both real and imagined—and all of the junk food and junk diets and junk body messages that we keep devouring. These messages are exacerbated by a disordered worldview which suggests that peoples’ food choices are of concern to themselves alone; eating becomes an individual act with individual pleasure the ultimate goal. We are taught that our bodies are fundamentally a problem to be solved, or worse, a war to be won.

Drawing on a rich collection of stories – some of them mine, all of them grounded in the teachings of Jesus – I offer a joyful alternative to our disordered eating. Where desperation and dissatisfaction have become the norms for both eating and body image, I invite us to discover the real joy of eating and the true gift of embodied living.

Speaker:
Martha Tatarnic
March 30, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
 
6:30 pm            
7:00 pm Evening Ceremony
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Evening Ceremony

Evening Ceremony

Speaker:
Steve Kinney
March 30, 2019, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
7:30 pm Headline Speaker: Nadia Bolz-Weber
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Headline Speaker: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Headline Speaker: Nadia Bolz-Weber
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran minister and public theologian. She served as the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colorado, until July 8, 2018. She is also a two-time New York Times bestselling author.

Speaker:
Nadia Bolz-Weber
March 30, 2019, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
8:00 pm
8:30 pm Headline Musician: Carrie Rodriguez & Band
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Headline Musician: Carrie Rodriguez & Band

Headline Musician: Carrie Rodriguez & Band

Speaker:
Carrie Rodriguez
March 30, 2019, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
9:00 pm
9:30 pm
10:00 pm   Talk Show: Cultural Crossing
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Talk Show: Cultural Crossing

Talk Show: Cultural Crossing
Join Nancy & Brian for a wide-ranging conversation with special guests drawn from among the festival headliners, asking key questions about we decide what to do with our lives. A late night treat for the end of a rich and beautiful day.

Speakers:
Brian Ammons, Nancy Hastings Sehested
March 30, 2019, 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
      Living Room Storytelling for Grown-Ups: Love, Sex, and Death
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Living Room Storytelling for Grown-Ups: Love, Sex, and Death

Speaker:
Amparo Garcia-Crow
March 30, 2019, 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
  Beer & Hymns
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Beer & Hymns

Speaker:
Honky Tonk Saints
March 30, 2019, 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Hall: OTHER VENUES Track: Other Venues
10:30 pm            
11:00 pm            

Sunday, 31st March 2019

Time MAIN STAGE ACT CONNECT CREATE DEEPEN THINK PERFORM OTHER VENUES
8:00 am Registration Opens
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Registration Opens

Registration is open from 8am to 7pm on Sunday.

Speaker:
West Gate along Chalmers Ave
March 31, 2019, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Operations
Friends of Bill (Connect Drop-In Space)
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Friends of Bill (Connect Drop-In Space)

Speaker:
Anonymous
March 31, 2019, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Registration Opens
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Registration Opens

Registration is open from 8am to 7pm on Sunday.

Speaker:
West Gate along Chalmers Ave
March 31, 2019, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Hall: CREATE Track: Operations
8:30 am
9:00 am   Grace is a Preexisting Condition
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Grace is a Preexisting Condition

Grace is a Preexisting Condition
Emerging from my own experience of living with a diagnosis deemed a 'preexisting condition' by insurance companies, 'Grace is a Preexisting Condition' explores the theological and spiritual dimensions of our public discourse around mental healthcare and mental illness. Participants will have space to share their own stories of encountering the mental health system and will leave with concrete action steps for raising the issue in their faith communities and beyond.

Speaker:
David Finnegan-Hosey
March 31, 2019, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Hall: ACT Track: Act
  Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story
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Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story

Through guided writing exercises, meditation, and class discussion, we will explore the broad theme of “culture” and how our unique experiences have influenced our understanding of ourselves, our faith journeys, and our sense of belonging.

Speaker:
Tamisha Tyler
March 31, 2019, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
       
9:30 am           Mobile Loaves Community First Village Tour
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Mobile Loaves Community First Village Tour

Mobile Loaves Community First Village Tour
Join us for a guided tour of our 51 acre master-planned community designed to provide permanent housing for the chronically homeless of Austin and restore community and family back into their lives.

Speaker:
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
March 31, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Hall: OTHER VENUES Track: Other Venues
10:00 am Q&A with Nadia Bolz-Weber
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Q&A with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Q&A with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Speaker:
Nadia Bolz-Weber
March 31, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
Building Resilient Communities: Cooperatives as a Tool for Economic Justice
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Building Resilient Communities: Cooperatives as a Tool for Economic Justice

Building Resilient Communities: Cooperatives as a Tool for Economic Justice
As income disparity grows and economic opportunity appears to be shrinking for the middle class, the cooperative model offers a compelling alternative to "everyone for themselves" style capitalism. But can co-ops really deliver on their promise of inclusivity and justice? This session will be part presentation to give all participants a shared understanding of co-ops' promise and potential, along with a moderated panel from some of the different types of cooperatives around Austin. Panelists will address start-up and business challenges as well as mission and their perspective on the potential of co-ops to transform cities.

Speakers:
Andi Shively, Annelies Lottmann
March 31, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Hall: ACT Track: Act
    Christian Responses to Confederate Statues and Symbols
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Christian Responses to Confederate Statues and Symbols

Christian Responses to Confederate Statues and Symbols
how can the progressive christian tradition help equip people of all faiths to think critically and candidly about Confederate statues and symbols? Sadly, christian communities have often been at the heart of efforts to erect, maintain and proliferate such symbols. However, they've also been at the helm of many recent efforts to reconsider and remove them from court houses, campuses, churches and seminaries. The session will be moderated by Ben Wright, whose professional work has involved recontextualizing controversial monuments within museum spaces. My hope is that we can come to see these statues and symbols as both pathetic and powerful, comical and cruel. We'll also discuss the nature of heritage, how is is constructed, and how within our rights we are to refashion it.

Speaker:
Ben Wright
March 31, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Hall: THINK Track: Think
 
10:30 am Seized by Spirit
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Seized by Spirit

Speaker:
Kaye Love
March 31, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
  Holding Space for Healing Trauma
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Holding Space for Healing Trauma

Moving into a new story we want to leave behind any trauma that we have been carrying. We're learning that we carry trauma in our bodies, the lingering of overwhelming sensations that we did not have the resources to process in the past. The good news is that it does become time for trauma to be seen, held in love and released. In this practice session we will learn what trauma is, how it is held in our bodies affects the way we perceive the world. With that recognition we will cultivate a loving presence as a community that can safely hold the pain we are ready to let go. Bringing that loving presence to the things that are ready to be healed and stepping into our new story.

Speaker:
Danny Morris
March 31, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
Seized by Spirit
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Seized by Spirit

Seized by Spirit
The story of my spiritual transformation that occurred as I learned to manage my seizure disorder. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation, yoga, centering prayer, and other spiritual development and cognitive work, I was able to to gain acceptance of the tentativeness of consciousness, let go of my fear of death, and experience a sense of bliss and satisfaction with life that I had not known previously. As I fully accepted my impermanence I stopped having seizures. I came to realize that disability is an opportunity to grow in the knowledge that we are more than our abilities and experience a deeper connection to the Spirit within.
Based on my chapter "Seized by Spirit" in "Waking Up to Spirit: Twenty Stories of Transformation", Lana Castle et al

Speaker:
Kaye Love
March 31, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
11:00 am Base Christian Community for the 21st Century
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Base Christian Community for the 21st Century

Base Christian Community for the 21st Century
The base Christian community movement in Central America and the Philippines in the '80s and '90s worked to heal, empower and sustain oppressed people to contribute all of the gifts of the church to broader movements for justice and peace. The CBBs/BCCs used liberating Bible Study, dynamics designed to heal the spiritual damage caused by oppression which perpetuates it, and action/reflection practices to build vital faith communities for personal and social change. This workshop will introduce participants to this movement and give participants an experience of CBB/BCC practices that can be adapted for their context.

Speaker:
Alexia Salvatierra
March 31, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
         
11:30 am     Rewriting the Story of You: Family Constellations to Liberate You from Ancestral Trauma (45 minutes)
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Rewriting the Story of You: Family Constellations to Liberate You from Ancestral Trauma (45 minutes)

Rewriting the Story of You: Family Constellations to Liberate You from Ancestral Trauma (45 minutes)
If you find that you get stuck in frustrating patterns that you’ve been working on for years, it’s often because you’re bumping up against ancestral patterns that are literally invisible to you - they are the context in which your nervous system developed, like a tree trunk that forms its bark around a barbed wire fence. But unlike a tree trunk, a human nervous system is neuroplastic - these barbs can be healed. Join us for short, embodied exercises from family constellations work that help you, in real time, surface these invisible patterns. Once you see what has been invisible to you, your body can rewrite the story and free you to move forward in your big work. Take this step towards giving your best self and your biggest dreams to help shift the story of our times.

Speaker:
Amanda Blaine
March 31, 2019, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
    Reclaiming Your Faith: Taking Jesus Back from the Nonaffirming Church
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Reclaiming Your Faith: Taking Jesus Back from the Nonaffirming Church

Speaker:
Susan Cottrell
March 31, 2019, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
12:00 pm Kaitlin Curtice
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Kaitlin Curtice

Kaitlin Curtice

Speaker:
Kaitlin Curtice
March 31, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
Listening to Children: Talk About Race
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Listening to Children: Talk About Race

Listening to Children: Talk About Race
For many reasons Americans resist talking about race, especially in our personal lives. But recent history has demonstrated the great we need for those personal conversations. This workshop provides an approach to race dialogue that begins with storytelling and listening. This approach is born out of listening to children as a catalyst for those difficult conversations. Listening to the questions of participants generates stories, which can spark productive dialogue. The workshop will demonstrate the approach, provide opportunity for practice, and invite analysis and assessment.

Speaker:
Anthony Peterson
March 31, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
Authentic Relating Games
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Authentic Relating Games

Authentic Relating Games
Come discover the fun and depth of Authentic Relating Games and mindfulness exercises! Everyone welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Speaker:
Scott Gregory
March 31, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Praying What Is: steps to recovering faith in an era of bad spirituality and religion (45 minutes)
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Praying What Is: steps to recovering faith in an era of bad spirituality and religion (45 minutes)

Praying What Is: steps to recovering faith in an era of bad spirituality and religion (45 minutes)
“This is what keeps me from being able to pray.” So many of us experience things as blockages in our spiritual journey and those things can often divert us from our spiritual path altogether. Doug Harrison helps identify how those perceived barriers can become our prayers themselves, and in fact we have often been led to them by our spiritual pursuits before them. This is for anyone who has ever been terribly uncertain about her spiritual future, but still longs to move forward in a deep ending experience of mystery in grace. As a Spiritual Director Doug has worked both with people who have been injured by religious communities as well as priests whose vocation is in the middle of a religious institution.

Speaker:
Doug Harrison
March 31, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
Gracefully Alive: Turning our Curses into Blessings
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Gracefully Alive: Turning our Curses into Blessings

Everyone has their “stuff,” and for some of us it can feel like we are accursed. Yet it is possible for each of us to turn our curse into a blessing, a blessing that transforms our lives and that of people around us.

As a transgender woman, who knew that I could take my transgender nature and status, something seemingly so accursed, and turn it into a blessing?

May I share with you how it is that I have transformed my greatest challenge in life into my greatest source of blessing to myself and others?

May I suggest ways you can transform your greatest challenge?

May I inspire you to become Gracefully Alive?

Here is a sketch of my story and how it can become yours: Coming out to Ourselves – Owning our Being – Becoming as a Personal Journey – Transforming as a Family – Dancing on the Path of Loving Kindness – Becoming the Blessing We Are.

Speaker:
Renee & Judi Blatchley
March 31, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
 
12:30 pm      
1:00 pm   Foundations of Interfaith Leadership
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Foundations of Interfaith Leadership

Foundations of Interfaith Leadership
Every movement has its beginning and every leader has their first step. Here we will explore concepts of interfaith leadership, learn how to bridge divides, and lay the foundations for advancing interfaith cooperation on your campus and in your personal life.

Speaker:
Interfaith Youth Core
March 31, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
           
1:30 pm   The Future is Beautiful: A Storytelling Experience
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The Future is Beautiful: A Storytelling Experience

The Future is Beautiful: A Storytelling Experience
The Future is Beautiful is an interactive experience that invites participants to widen their lens from 5, 10, or 20 years to consider the future through a 100 Year Lens. Because our rational mind cannot possibly predict what the world will look like a century from now, we invoke the imagination through collaborative storytelling, presencing and deep listening. From co-created stories, participants derive the core values of their imagined future and, together, we weave a picture of the future that wants to emerge from the group. The event concludes with participants sharing concrete actions they can take within the next day to bring their futures closer to reality.

It's beautiful, fun, and surprising.

Speaker:
Michael Kass
March 31, 2019, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Starting Your Story Workshop
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Starting Your Story Workshop

Starting Your Story Workshop
We will cover basics about what a story is, the key elements of a story, how to choose a story to tell, and how to start telling it. You'll will leave the workshop with a better understanding of storytelling and ideas for how to start telling a story of your own.

Speakers:
Kate Caldwell, Keely Hunt, Paul Normandin
March 31, 2019, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
       
2:00 pm   Loving Yourself Healthier
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Loving Yourself Healthier

Loving Yourself Healthier
Somewhere between diet culture and “real women have curves” there is space to treat the bodies we have with love and care. I wish to offer actionable ideas for helping attendees to hear what their bodies have to say, to nourish them without focus on aesthetics, and to move as an act of celebration and gratitude, and to rest without guilt or self-judgment. Everyone deserves to feel their best in the body they are in now, regardless of size, medical condition, or ability.

Speaker:
Maida Ference
March 31, 2019, 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
Parenting in Real Life
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Parenting in Real Life

Parenting before you have kids seems pretty straightforward. Come discuss real life parenting in the midst of the realities of our world with a panel of parents at different stages of the journey.

Speaker:
Micky ScottBey Jones
March 31, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
   
2:30 pm   All God's Children
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All God's Children

All God's Children
Conversations about race between parents and their children are one of the most effective ways to combat inherent racial bias in children. But far too often, these conversations are perceived by parents as far too difficult, risky, and racist themselves. So parents and caregivers avoid them. The 'All God's Children' little lending library program uses mainstream children's picture books and a conversation guide to allow parents to have these courageous conversations with less risk, and more heart.

Speaker:
Marissa Letscher
March 31, 2019, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
     
3:00 pm       Soul Connections Workshop
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Soul Connections Workshop

We will peel away the layers which prevent real connection, accessing true Namaste place where souls connect.

Speaker:
Brian Kurtz
March 31, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
Tools for speaking accountably and reading insightfully
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Tools for speaking accountably and reading insightfully

We may not believe stories because they are true - sometimes we believe them because they are emotionally compelling, and then our minds find reasons to "make" them "true". So we perpetuate stories through language, often unconsciously, and sometimes the consequences are not helpful at all! In this session we will explore Accountable Talk (being accountable to knowledge, reason, and community) as a tool for clear, honest communication and uncovering hidden stories.

Speaker:
Bill McKenna
March 31, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
   
3:30 pm   Finding Our Voice: Songs of Courage & Connection
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Finding Our Voice: Songs of Courage & Connection

Finding Our Voice: Songs of Courage & Connection
This is an experiential, participatory program that invites attendees to engage in one of the oldest "technologies of belonging": singing in community. In this program, community song leader Josh Blaine will teach and lead simple yet powerful songs in the call-and-response oral tradition, creating a space that is safe and welcoming for all levels of musical experience and ability. The songs are generally contemporary and meant to uplift, inspire, and invite deeper connection to self and community. Some of the songs are originals and many are drawn from fellow community song leaders around the country whom Josh has met over the past year of traveling and connecting with those doing similar work. As a result, there's an element of telling the stories of these songs before and as we sing them, connecting us to the larger social and political movements that are unfolding. Many of these songs are also being used in places of protest and demonstration to unite and energize us as we work to create the world we want to see.

Speaker:
Josh Blaine
March 31, 2019, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
The unique gifts of disability in the pursuit of wholeness
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The unique gifts of disability in the pursuit of wholeness

The unique gifts of disability in the pursuit of wholeness
In the spirit of Jean Vanier, the co-leaders of Austin Parable and former assistants at L’Arche intentional communities will not only share moving stories of their own personal transformations but also guide experiences that can help us discover ways that while designing a life that actively welcomes people with disabilities might not be a total solution for the needs of all people with disabilities, it can certainly be a hopeful sign of what is possible in flourishing relationships between people.

Speakers:
Doug Harrison, Gillian Spangler
March 31, 2019, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
     
4:00 pm   Art as Protest
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Art as Protest

Art as Protest
Artists join a long line of prophets, who's prophesies afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. Powerful images can shake us out of the manufactured slumber created by those who benefit from our complicity. Join artist and pastor Katie Jo Suddaby in a discussion of one of the most important tools for political protest- the visual arts. Let's uncover your personal creative power. Sustainable art-making during trying times is possible.

Speaker:
Katie Jo Suddaby
March 31, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
     
4:30 pm         Jesus and #MeToo
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Jesus and #MeToo

Speaker:
Jayme Reaves
March 31, 2019, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Hall: THINK Track: Think
   
5:00 pm   Offers & Needs Market
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Offers & Needs Market

Have a gift, service or opportunity to share? In need of a freelancer, a new office space, or a new take on an old problem?
Whether you're an individual or organization with a need or a question, or you have some wisdom or resources to share, join us for the New Story Festival Offers and Needs Market, where we'll unearth an astounding variety of assets, resources and talents from within our Austin community, and connect the dots with each other to meet long-standing needs of our organizations and communities. Want to plan your offer or talk about your need in advance? Email info@newstoryfestival.com

Speakers:
Barry James, Stellar Dutcher
March 31, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: ACT Track: Act
  Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story
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Writing and Telling Your Own Cultural Story

Through guided writing exercises, meditation, and class discussion, we will explore the broad theme of “culture” and how our unique experiences have influenced our understanding of ourselves, our faith journeys, and our sense of belonging.

Speaker:
Tamisha Tyler
March 31, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: CREATE Track: Create
     
5:30 pm   Pop-Up People's Supper
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Pop-Up People's Supper

We aim to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, leading to more civil discourse. And, we plan to do it in the most nourishing way we know – over supper! So bring your food, and an appetite for conversation. We will use the meal as a technology for connection and how we share our stories for healing and bridging. Hosted by one of the leaders of the national People's Supper Movement, Micky ScottBey Jones.

Speaker:
Micky ScottBey Jones
March 31, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Hall: CONNECT Track: Connect
Practicing Lament
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Practicing Lament

Practicing Lament
Weeks like this one, with the ongoing humanitarian crisis among immigrant families and the shooting at the Capital Gazette, are precisely why I’m suggesting this workshop. It is vital that those of us who are working toward justice and mercy and kindness in a chaotic and polarized culture, have practical ways we release the grief and anger at all that’s broken and harmful around us.

The old testament is full of embodied practices of lament and we are in desperate need of renewing those practices for our time. Anguish is a natural and reasonable response to toddlers in cages and a legally obtained weapon cooly used to end the lives of five people on a weekday afternoon.

I’ll talk about the Biblical history of lament along with spiritual and psychological reasons it’s important and then suggest some accessible practices for people to engage either as a private spiritual practices or in community.

Speaker:
Terra McDaniel
March 31, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: DEEPEN Track: Deepen
  Qualities of Leaders: Identifying Leaders to Carry Forward the Mission
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Qualities of Leaders: Identifying Leaders to Carry Forward the Mission

Qualities of Leaders: Identifying Leaders to Carry Forward the Mission
Many organizations, churches, and ministries struggle to develop strong leadership. The same 5 people do everything, and no one steps forward when there is a call for volunteers. People don’t self-identify as leaders and look to the recognized leaders to get the job done. Yet, within your community are single moms, grandparents, high school drop-outs and others who are waiting for the opportunity to act and be a leader.
Examining the characters of Moses and the persistent widow, we will explore qualities of leaders that often are overlooked, dismissed or discouraged, such as anger, courage, ego and humor. Participants will discuss how to apply this knowledge in their specific context to identify potential leaders, evaluate and test their strengths, and organize a team of people who will carry forward the mission of their institution.

Speaker:
Sabrina Jennings
March 31, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hall: PERFORM Track: Perform
 
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6:30 pm              
7:00 pm Evening Ceremony
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Evening Ceremony

Speaker:
New Story Hosts
March 31, 2019, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
7:30 pm Headline Musician: Over the Rhine
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Headline Musician: Over the Rhine

Speaker:
Over the Rhine
March 31, 2019, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage
8:00 pm
8:30 pm Festival Closing
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Festival Closing

Speaker:
New Story Hosts
March 31, 2019, 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Hall: MAIN STAGE Track: Main Stage

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