I am currently teaching a class looking at the history of a particular church movement in the 20th Century. One of the students in the class spoke with me about the class and asked if we could do two things:
- Put up a map. They wanted to see where things were happening and put them in a global perspective. So, everywhere an event occurred that we are studying, we will mark it with a push pin.
- Put up a picture board. As we talk about people, we will put a picture of that person up so we can connect a face with the story. Those pictures will remain up for the duration of the class.
I thought this was a great idea, but it was what they said after this that resonated with me:
“Their stories are often our stories.”
That is true. We connect with people through their stories. They connect with us through theirs.
It is important that we learn to share our story. Just as importantly, we have to learn to listen to other’s stories. That is when we connect.