Welcome to Storytelling Projects, an outgrowth of BNG’s commitment to hosting “Conversations that matter” among people of faith. This ambitious venture in storytelling journalism reflects our mission: to interpret Christianity and culture through compelling journalism that informs and motivates people to make a difference in the world. It also builds on the foundation of trust and respect we have earned for the timely and relevant reporting, insightful news analyses and engaging opinion posted every day at baptistnews.com.
Storytelling journalism integrates the fundamental principles and best practices of interpretive reporting with elements of narrative storytelling. Each topic selected for our digital Storytelling Projects is developed with a storytelling nucleus that is complemented and enriched by a series of related stories, by analyses and essays, and by visual storytelling through photography and video.
We created Storytelling Projects because we believe stories, rooted in the Jesus Story, have the power not only to inform but to transform people and communities. We believe in-depth, compelling stories can be sources of spiritual insight, imagination, creativity and hope for all who seek justice and mercy, but at times may “grow weary in doing good” (Galatians 6:9, NIV). Further, these series of compelling stories can become vital threads that connect and energize Baptists and other Christians at a time when American culture – and American religion – are increasingly politicized and polarized.
Finally, our Storytelling Projects are purposefully situated at those intersections where life and faith meet – and sometimes collide. In this dynamic space, we will explore some of the big questions, complex issues and daunting challenges that are part of living faithfully in our time and space.
Seed money to launch our Storytelling Projects initiative and our initial series of projects has been provided through generous grants from the Christ Is Our Salvation Foundation and the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. For information about underwriting opportunities for Storytelling Projects, contact David Wilkinson, BNG’s executive director and publisher, at [email protected] or 336.865.2688.
In Faith and Justice we explore the people and organizations helping to bend the “arc of the moral universe” toward justice and in so doing transforming the communities where they live.
Charlotte: QC Family Tree with Greg and Helms Jarrell — By Blake Tommey
Charleston: Metanoia with Bill Stanfield – By Jeff Brumley
Little Rock: Judge Wendell Griffen – By Norman Jameson
In Welcoming the Stranger, we share the inspiring stories of the people and faith communities that are teaching us all to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The Lost Boys of Sudan and St. John’s Baptist of Charlotte — By Norman Jameson
Awakening to Immigrant Justice: Myers Park Baptist Church — By Laura Cadena
Hospitality on the corner: Gaston Christian Center – By Jeff Hampton
By studying ministers or churches who practice “Signature Ministries,” we learn from communities who respond to the needs around them, engaging and energizing members in specific ministries that turn them outward on the world.
Jake Hall: Gospel Gothic, Music and Podcasts — By Blake Tommey
In Singing Our Faith, we explore this relationship between music and faith and the creative ministers, church leaders and congregations leading the way.
Hymns for a Lifetime: Ken Wilson and Knollwood Baptist Church — By Norman Jameson
Has the United States forgotten its countryside? What strength and resilience may yet be stirring outside our city limits? In “Resilient Rural America,” we visit these unique communities to examine the singular nature of poverty in rural America and tell the stories of development among its courageous and resilient people.
Alabama: Perry County — By Blake Tommey
Texas: Hidalgo County – By Blake Tommey
Arkansas Delta – By Blake Tommey
Southeast Kentucky – By Blake Tommey