Story Walking

At my church, each Spring when the Pastoral Council is commissioned, the group goes on retreat for a few days to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

One of my favorite memories of the Council retreat is the Emmaus Walk where, in pairs, the Council members walk the grounds of the retreat center for over an hour. The only guideline we are given for the Emmaus Walk is to walk together in peace.

Everyone who has ever been on a Pastoral Council retreat mentions the Emmaus Walk as one of the standouts of the experience. What makes it work so well? Since it is almost totally free of structure, the lives of the walkers can emerge and flourish in the walking. The walk becomes a sharing of each person's story.

(For those interested, the Emmaus Walk concept is derived from scripture. Luke 24:13-35 where it says: "Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.")

Can you envision applications of this Story Walking to your work?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, July 15, 2007

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