Why Does My Story Matter?

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Stories engage whole people: their feelings, hopes, and values. Stories take conversations from the abstract to the real. And stories inspire commitment and action.

Your Reconciling story is unique and will touch lives like others cannot.

How to Prepare & Share Your Story

Whether you’ve written your story for a Reconciling event and want to share it with a wider audience or you have a passion for writing and would like to blog about faith, inclusion, justice, intersectionality, or other matters of love, let us know!

Email Ophelia at ophelia@rmnetwork.org with questions or a story to submit.

Tips for Story-Telling

  • Make it concise.
    Good stories are focused and well-organized. Remember you are telling the story of one moment in time. Focus on one challenge, one choice and one outcome.
  • Be specific.
    Take the listener to the moment you are describing. What are the sights, sounds, smells, and emotions of that moment. How did it look?
  • Describe people, actions and events rather than explaining them.
  • Tap into emotion.
    Stories should pull at the heartstrings of the listener. Help the listener understand the values you are describing through the language of emotion.
  • Communicate values. 
    Stories have a point and that point is a value that you want to inspire and cultivate in the listener.
  • Offer hope.
    Stories should be inspirational. End on a positive note. Offer the good news through your story.
  • Have fun!
    Stories are not performances – just speak from your heart.

Submit a Blog Post

Find instructions on writing and submitting a blog post to our website.

Submit a Video

Contribute to our video project by LGBTQ United Methodists & allies.

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