Healing Story Alliance is a not-for-profit, educational, arts organization which provides online resources and concert, workshop, and community programming in support of storytelling as a healing art.
‘Kindness is having the ability to speak with love,
listen with patience, and act with compassion.”
-Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Join the Healing Story Alliance for a special gathering to share and explore stories of kindness in its many faces and forms. Through folk tales and personal stories, we will dive deeply into multiple experiences of kindness. What is it? How does it impact us and our relationships to ourselves, to each other, to the world? Come and listen to “kind stories” shared by both professional tellers and community members and see what memories of kindness emerge for you. Featured tellers are Jen Munro, Chetter Galloway and Roopa Mohan.
ABOUT THE STORYTELLERS
Jennifer Munro grew up in a large working-class family in in the English Midlands, and fell in love with the spoken word. Every Sunday, a cast of rogues, ne’er-do-wells, raconteurs, and heroes gathered around the family’s old wooden table to tell stories, share secrets, and gossip. Their tales are the inspiration for Jennifer’s extensive repertoire of stories. Poignant, funny, and profoundly moving, they are carefully crafted narratives that resonate with the frailty and courage of the human spirit. However, what really sets Jennifer’s stories apart is the precision of her language and vividly dawn images. Greg Weiss, storyteller, educator, and actor said her stories are “. . . filled with bulls, bicycles, buckets of fish and other wonder tokens of childhood and growing up. Jennifer Munro takes [us] to that place, just beyond the watchful, if not winking, eye of authority and introduces an assortment of characters, some endearing, some dangerous, all captivating . . . Her language transports us to locales and circumstances that would be familiar to Dickens, Twain, and even J.K. Rowling.”
Chetter Galloway of Virginia is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Master’s Degree in Storytelling. He has performed at venues such as the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival, the National Parks Service, Risk!, The Moth, and the Smithsonian. Chetter also worked in schools as a roster artist with Young Audiences. He is a member of Toastmasters International, the Georgia Storytelling Network, and the National Storytelling Network. Chetter serves on the board for Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia. He can also be heard on his recordings “Evil Knows Where Evil Sleeps,” and Fresh Squeezed Carrot Juice.”https://www.chettergalloway.com/
Roopa Mohan trained as a volunteer storyteller and docent for school groups at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco where she tells folktales around objects in the museum’s extensive collection. Roopa has expanded her repertoire, and now enjoys sharing personal narratives, tall tales, portrayals, myths and legends she heard growing up in South India. She enjoys engaging her audience and enhancing her often braided stories with mudras, Indian dance gestures. Roopa serves on the Board of the Storytelling Association of CA and is leading a project to bring storytelling to underserved schools. www.storysaac.org She is an active member of Asian American Storytellers in Action, contributing to their ongoing project for children and families, that celebrates cultural diversity and equality. youtube.com/c/AsianAmericanStorytopia
Laura Simms is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, writer, and humanitarian who brings over six decades of experience performing and teaching worldwide.She performs mythic stories woven with personal narrative and has worked in the capacity of story advisor, mindfulness instructor, and mediator. She is presently a storytelling consultant for the Fetzer Institute Shared Sacred Story Project, and artistic director of the H C Andersen Storytelling Center. Laura lives in Manhattan and is the author of six books.
Rev. Linda Robinson McKenzie is a member of The First Baptist Church in Framingham, where she is the Minister of Christian Education. A native New Yorker, Linda has resided in Burlington, MA since 1986. She is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, where she received her B.A., and of Fordham University in New York City, where she received her M.B.A. Linda graduated from the TABCOM (The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts) School of Ministry and Harvard Divinity School, where she received the Master of Divinity degree. She is a past President of American Baptist Women’s Ministries of Massachusetts and served on the Board of TABCOM as Vice President. Linda’s ministry resides in Pastoral Care, and she fulfills this ministry by serving as the Protestant Chaplain to the incarcerated women at the local Correctional Institution. God has called her to this special ministry, and she feels privileged to bring truth, meaning, and worth to the lives of women through God’s holy Word.
Nathan Phillips is an ecologist whose work started by investigating the inner workings of trees and now compares and contrasts the structure and function of trees with cities. Trees exhibit tensegrity, a balance of rigidity and flexibility which allow them to bend before breaking. Nathan takes these principles to improving systems like
thermal energy networks, and the electric grid.
Date & Time
Sun, Nov 5, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM