A few quick thoughts on ‘Echo the Story’
A few quick thoughts on ‘Echo the Story’

A couple of weeks ago, our colleague Randall Curtis posted a review of the youth curriculum “Echo the Story” to a Facebook group of Episcopal faith formation practitioners. The review was written by an intern in Randall’s office, and it was interesting, in part, because that intern was himself a member of the Episcopal Youth Community in Arkansas.

The vigorous conversation that followed was enough to get me over the hump of being merely notionally (and sometimes vocally) interested in what publisher Sparkhouse has been up to, especially with video. I signed up for today’s “Echo the Story” webinar to learn more.

What I really liked about what I heard today (which, to be clear, was a promotional overview and not a systematic third-party review) was the model for engaging scripture that is embedded within each lesson. To my hearing, the core of that model looks something like this:

  1. Contextualize the story by watching a brief video that recaps previous lessons’ material and points to the story for today (see video above).
  2. Experience the story by hearing it told in natural language by a leader of the group.
  3. Claim the story by creatively remixing it in a way that resonates for the (new) storyteller.

I was energized by the idea of a curriculum that helps us build a habit of hearing and telling the stories of the people of God in ways that touch our hearts and lives. That strikes me as an age- and culturally appropriate goal for the audience this curriculum is trying to reach.

I’m looking forward to opportunities to learn more about this curriculum and would love to see it in action.

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Kyle Matthew Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.

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