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Watch Mary Hess’ Boston College Presentation: “Finding Faith in the Maelstrom – Storytelling as a Source of Hope”

“We know who we are in relation to God in large measure by the stories we share.”
by Faith+Lead | November 21, 2019

“I’m firmly convinced that there’s hope in the midst of this whirlwind. Hope to be found in the midst of our fear and our anger. Yet that hope requires careful, disciplined listening to ourselves. To each other.” 
– Mary Hess, October 10, 2019.

Luther Seminary’s Professor of Educational Leadership Mary Hess earned her B.A. from Yale and her M.T.S. degree from Harvard. On October 10, 2019, she had the opportunity to return to another alma mater to give a presentation titled “Finding Faith in the Maelstrom – Storytelling as a Source of Hope.” This particular journey was back to where she received her Ph.D. in religion and education–-the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. You can watch her entire presentation below.

We know who we are in part by the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories others tell about us. We know who we are in relation to God in large measure by the stories we share. Building context requires storying faith.”

Dr. Hess’ most recent professional experience includes serving on the editorial board of the premier journal in her field, Religious Education (1999-present), working with the Lexington Seminar and the Wabash Center, and serving as a core member of the International Study Commission on Media, Religion and Culture.

She joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July, 2000. As someone who has directed multiple projects examining the challenges current media culture has for faith communities, she brings a unique and well-studied perspective on media, culture, communications, and theology.

The short excerpts included here are designed to give a sense of the themes that were explored by Dr. Hess–but by no means do they convey the entirety of her insightful multi-media presentation. For that, we encourage you to watch the whole video.

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