“Whose Story Is It Anyway?” When Ministers Write Memoirs

a panel at Festival of Faith & Writing 2018, #FFWgr

I’m participating in a panel on Thursday, April 12 (3:15 p.m.) in the Calvin College Chapel. If you’re attending FFW, I hope to meet you there!

Whose Story Is It Anyway? When Ministers Write Memoirs
Susan Baller-Shepard, Ruth Everhart, Mary S. Hulst, Barbara Melosh, Carol Howard Merritt
Memoirists who are ministers face particular ethical questions as they tell stories of congregational life and share personal stories that push the boundaries of what a leader ordinarily discloses. But these underlying questions are shared by all who write memoir. Whose story is it, anyway, and what are the writer’s responsibilities to those who share their stories? In this panel, clergywomen discuss navigating these lines in the context of their pastoral vocation.

For more info about the festival, click here.

On the following Monday, April 16, I’m speaking at Neland Ave. CRC at 7:00 p.m. Both events are listed in the sidebar. Contact me if you have questions!

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I grew up in a conservative, churchy subculture until a traumatic event catapulted me into a new life. What a relief to discover that I could be furious about outrageous things, and still love Jesus. A Presbyterian pastor, I've been in ministry for more than 20 years and currently serve a church in Bethesda, MD. I've written two books which are both spiritual memoirs about pivotal events. I often speak about the subjects of Holy Land pilgrimage, and recovering faith after sexual violence.