By Andy Hale
English novelist Philip Pullman wrote, “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Story is central to our lives. Who we are and who we are becoming, individually and communally, is a composition of the many days, encounters, conflicts, resolutions, and hopes of our lives.
Psychologically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually, the better we know our personal story, the better we become at differentiation, decision making, and relative interactions with the world.
The same can be said about knowing the stories of others.
This week’s CBF Podcast Conversation centers on story. Our guest, Patrice Gopo, author of All the Colors We Will See, knows the importance of story.
Gopo writes a collection of essays about her journey as a Jamaican-American from Alaska. She writes on marriage, immigration, parenthood, childhood, and race.
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CBF’s podcast shares stories from across the Fellowship and innovative practices of those working to renew God’s world. The vision is to share ideas, stories, and innovations from ministers, authors, and practitioners.
Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy