Storytelling has long been a passion of mine. My dad was a United Methodist pastor who had file cabinets full of index cards with sermon illustrations on them. His love for storytelling was passed on to me. I’ve told stories at camps, on the radio, during workshops, and even in classes with the founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Now in my spare time, I’m writing multiple children’s picture books about environmental topics.
Stories have the power to shape us and enliven our imagination in a way that facts and figures cannot. That’s why our Faith Farms & Climate program focuses on bringing farmers and faith leaders together to tell stories about how their faith and values call them to climate action. Each year, we choose four communities where we hold sessions for clergy conversations and farmer conversations.
This is the third year Iowa IPL has hosted these events, and we’re hoping to make one significant change: The faith leader conversations will be held before the farmer conversations. Our hope is that by switching the order of the events, those faith leaders who participate will feel even more inclined to urge their congregation members to take part.
If you are an Iowa farmer, rancher, farmer worker, farmland owner, or rural faith leader who lives in the vicinity of one of the four towns mentioned above, please contact me via email here. I’d love to connect with you!
Tim Gossett, Associate Director