Biblical Storytelling classes,
online and face to face
Rev. Galbreath is vice president of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International, and has taught the art internationally as well as in the U.S. She coordinates the Chicago-area Prairie Wind Guild: Tellers of Sacred Stories. She helps coordinate NBS TOGether: The Online Guild.
Face to face workshops are opportunities for interested folks in your own church to work together learning the art and organizing a Scripture by Heart team, for a day or half a day. Contact Beth Galbreath to inquire!
Biblical Storytelling I is a two-week online class in the fundamentals of preparing, learning and telling a biblical text by heart - not by "memorization." In this class we focus on the genre of text-telling, so that participants will be able to tell the Scripture in worship and teaching instead of reading it. Participants will dig deeply into the story of their choice and learn it over the course of the class.
Biblical Storytelling II is a three-week course touching on over two dozen expanded topics in the art - different genres including first person, drama, rap and midrash; puppets, children, tandem and epic telling, and story-stitching; costumes, props, ways to use biblical story, using biblical story in liturgy, developing your storyteller's voice, protecting your voice and body, and much more.
And she's passionate about helping folks reconnect with Scripture through the art and spiritual discipline of biblical storytelling using the methods developed by the Network of Biblical Storytellers. The emphasis in these classes is on learning to tell Scripture by heart, using our bodies and emotions as well as our minds, rather than as a series of words "memorized" in the head. Biblical storytelling is for preachers, teachers, evangelists, parents - everyone!
And members of faith traditions other than Christianity are also welcome, especially those of the Abrahamic faiths who share reverence for many of the same stories.
These classes are approved United Methodist Lay Servant Ministries advanced courses, but are great for anyone.
Biblical Storytelling Weekly uses teleconferencing technology to gather the class in a face-to-tace online meeting once a week for six weeks. The techniques taught are the same as in Biblical Storytelling I, but a different assigned story will be taught each week. It's a great opportunity for a group working together. Email Beth to arrange a session.
OH MY GOSH!!! I hope everyone reads this. Today was the first time I REALLY put my story together. It was SO POWERFUL, HORRIBLE, WONDERFUL, EXHAUSTING, ENLIGHTENING, AWESOME!! I haven’t been through anything like it. It is only 7 verses! I can’t even imagine how anyone would do a Passion series! By the end I was crying like a baby and exhausted. .... I thank God that he has brought this medium to me and I thank all of you for everything you add to this class.
--- Kristie Hawkes, Fall 2012, Biblical Storytelling I
This course which you facilitate is walking on the water. You show us we can "walk" on water with Jesus and gives us hope that we can share His Word with the world... one story at a time! This venue has allowed all of us to get out of the boat one way or another. I know I got of the boat.
--- Sherry E., Fall 2012, Biblical Storytelling I
At first I was a little skeptical of the idea of learning something by heart versus memorizing. As the process was introduced and I worked through the process I really was able to grasp the meaning and felt that by the end I had learned my story by heart. I still have work to do to truly bring my story to life, but I have the tools to do so. - John Ptaznik, 2016
Needless to say, I had a blast! This is an excellent course for the Lay Speakers as well as clergy to hone speaking skills both for scripture as well as sermons.
- Wendy Feaga, 2016
I have throughly enjoyed this very enriching learning experience. I now have a better understanding and appreciation for biblical story telling as prescribed by Rev. Beth.
Rev. Beth is clearly a dedicated and a very well read scholar in biblical history. She is an excellent teacher. Her insights and experiences serve her purpose excellently. The course was well worth every cent. I would strongly advise others to take the course. - Philip Orticke, 2016