Story, narrative and myth in Christian faith will headline the “Beloved Community StorySharing Campaign,” this year’s diocesan spring conference on Saturday, May 19. Taking place at St. Paul’s Salinas, the interactive conference will be held from 10 am to 3 pm, with a gathering at 9:30 am for refreshments.

Our day will be led by the Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, Project Coordinator for Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care for the Episcopal Church (left). She is currently working with the Presiding Bishop’s Office of Evangelism to collect the stories of Episcopalians around the country as the project lead for the Brave Listening Campaign.

Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Please register as soon as possible — visit the event page to register online. *Note: as of Thursday, May 17, lunches cannot be guaranteed for those who register online or pay at the door. Coffee and snacks will be available.

Additional speakers include:


Parker Garrett (left), who currently serves as the Children Youth and Family Ministries Director at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Altadena, CA, where she oversees programing for children ages 3 through 18 as well as inter-generational programs and learning opportunities for parents.

Brandon Lee Stuart (below), who has participated in the Episcopal Service Corps’ Los Angeles program, the Episcopal Urban Intern Program, and holds a BA in Behavioral Biology and East Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MLA for intellectual freedom from the University of Chicago.

This learning day has two parts: we’ll learn about story, narrative, and myth and how they function in our faith, then we’ll consider what stories, narratives, jokes, and tropes say about who we are and how we understand God in our Church. In part two, we’ll engage our spiritual imaginations and learn how storytelling can redefine evangelism and facilitate racial reconciliation.

The Beloved Community StorySharing Campaign is a project conceived to support the Presiding Bishop’s Beloved Community Commitments.  We will tell our stories and listen to others’ stories looking for the glory of God. Come share, learn, and be inspired by the way our stories build community and speak of God’s goodness!

Email Mary Beth Powell at with questions.