Back in the 1950's, three little girls - cousins - played together every summer on a gravel beach by a Maine lake. With towels for costumes and an old shed as all-purpose scenery, their imaginations took them from Bethlehem to Oz to Hollywood and all points in between.
The oldest cousin grew up to be a beloved pastor and preacher. The middle cousin became a wise and transformational teacher. But the youngest cousin never put down the stories. She kept right on gathering them, learning them, walking in them, tending them, and learning to share them.
Pamela's tellings, workshops, and quiet days draw on her lifelong engagement with story, folklore, literature and music, and she especially cherishes the sacred writings of the world's faiths. She believes that people express and experience their connectedness to others through stories - so hearing stories, learning stories and telling stories are actions that repair the damaged fabric of our world.
Take a look at this Episcopal News Service article about biblical storytelling!
Partial Life List of Job Titles, Paid and Volunteer
- Sunday School teacher (40 years or so)
- Library Aide
- Solar Photographer
- Quality Control Inspector #252
- Recreation Therapist
- Help Desk Computer Programmer
- Technical Writer
- Convenor, Worship Committee (9 years or so)
- Copy Editor
- President, Parent Council
- Assistant Den Leader
- Web Designer
The Smiths appreciate that Saint Thomas ELCA Church has welcomed us as associate members, which lets us keep our membership in The Episcopal Church. Life at the intersection of two great faith traditons is exciting! Some thoughts are here, in the third comment.
- Network of Biblical Storytellers
- National Association of Episcopal Christian Education Directors
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Bloomington Storytellers Guild
- Saint Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana
Pamela is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and has a master's degree in administration from the University of California at Riverside. Her formation as a storyteller includes many workshops and coaching sessions as well as ongoing reading in folklore, literature, and critical Biblical studies. She has completed a year-long program of study and mentoring offered by the Network of Biblical Storytellers and is certified by that organization.
Email:narthex (at) baba-yaga.org
Web site: baba-yaga.org
(Because Pamela is often on the road, phone messages can take a while to reach her. If you don't hear from her, please try e-mail or call again. She's not ignoring you!)
Pamela Grenfell Smith
3680 East Tamarron Drive
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
I donate my storytelling income to organizations that support the Millenium Development Goals. I'd still appreciate some help with my transportation expenses, if your organization is able to help. Apart from that - let's see what we can raise together for the
MDGs! ~ Pamela