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A Message From the Dean

Dear Friends of the Maine School of Ministry,
Welcome!

 MESOM currently offers affordable fall and spring courses taught by highly qualified faculty which are designed for adult students who are exploring their own spiritual formation, exploring a call to ministry, as well as ordained clergy seeking quality continuing education, and open to all persons seeking spiritual and educational and enrichment. In addition, as both the vision and reach of MESOM expands, shorter courses will be offered in collaboration with local churches and other justice seeking organizations here in Maine and beyond.

 Please feel free to contact me directly for further conversation abut MESOM. I’m always excited to hear about your interests and your ideas about possibilities for future offerings.

Many blessings,

Ron Baard, Dean

Sacred Storytelling Lab At Pilgrim Lodge!

– Learn More & Register Below!

Join the Maine School of Ministry at PL this fall for a special experience!
WHEN: Saturday September 25 from 11am-6pm (or a bit longer if you want to stay for the sunset)
COST: $65

 

About The Art of Sacred Storytelling

Our Sacred Stories have the power to inspire, engage and transform. Using prayer, imagination and practice in a supportive community we will learn the art of Sacred Storytelling. It is easier than you think!

 

Why Storytelling?

The Gospel message is released in new and fresh ways when followers of Jesus practice and develop the ancient art of oral storytelling. Jesus spoke in parables, teaching us through story. Storytelling is a powerful way in which we can share and connect to the reality of God’s ever present and active love in our lives.

Experience Instructor:

Rev. AbbyLynn Haskell M.Div.

Instructor Maine School of Ministry
Cell Phone: 1.207.415.5858

Biography

Photo of Rev. AbbyLynn Haskell M.Div.

AbbyLynn has been delighting in the joy and ministry of storytelling since graduating from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1999. She has served churches in New Hampshire and Maine in the roles of associate pastor, director of program development and pastor and firmly believes storytelling to be a vibrant way of shaping community, worship and pastoral care that effectively shares the Gospel.  AbbyLynn is working on her Doctorate of Ministry in Semiotics, Church and Culture at Portland Seminary of George Fox University.  Her project focus is creating experiential, participatory, image rich and relationally connected Biblical storytelling curriculum for Maine School of Ministry students.  She also currently serves as part-time co-pastor at the Acton Congregational Church UCC in Maine. Since beginning work on her doctorate she has been diligent in learning the secrets to developing the craft of oral storytelling for the virtual world. The results of which can be seen on her YouTube channel, Sacred Storytelling Lab. She is thrilled to pass along these secrets to others wanting to learn more about the art of oral storytelling. AbbyLynn also loves sailing, is a USCG Captain and runs a coastal sailing retreat business with her husband that operates out of Saco Bay.

FALL 2021 Semester Courses

– Click on One of the Courses Below For More Information
– REGISTRATION is open until THE DAY BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS MEETING OF EACH COURSE. IF YOU HAVE any QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEAN OF THE MAINE SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

Course Description:

Open yourself to the wonder of letting the Advent and Christmas stories steep in your soul this season.  Biblical Storytelling is a Fall semester 2021 practice-based course which will provide course participants with an introduction to the art of Biblical Storytelling for use in a virtual worship through an experiential learning approach. Stories of Advent hope, peace, joy, love and Christmas will be the basis of our storytelling palette. This course is great for beginners as well as experienced preachers seeking some fresh inspiration.

Biblical Storytelling is a spiritual discipline through which you are invited to deepen your devotional faith and grow in your missional outreach. Everyone is a storyteller.  Each person is a one-of-a-kind creation with distinctly original gifts, therefore, each story that a person tells will be uniquely expressed. There is no one perfect storytelling role model to follow. This course will survey a number of different techniques for learning and telling Bible stories.  Course participants will develop and share their own Biblical Storytelling art through pre-recording and live virtual presentations.

The technology requirements of this class involve being able to access Zoom by computer or smartphone. Technical assistance will be available for the making of recordings if desired. The overall approach for critiquing storytelling efforts in this learning process will be one of affirming the strengths and positives of each attempt.  As the strengths of your attempts are affirmed, the confidence and thrill to keep trying grows and gradually any doubts will diminish.  Delighting in developing your God-given gifts for storytelling opens the spiritual practice of storytelling to the realm of being a grand adventure as you feel God’s pleasure in the preparation and in the telling.

Class Meetings:
This course will consist of four Saturday meetings from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm which will all be held on Zoom…

September 11, 2021
October 9, 2021
November 13, 2021
December 11, 2021

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Course Description:

The purpose of Christian constructive or systematic theology is always and everywhere the same: to determine what claims advanced in the name of Christianity are genuinely Christian, and to assess whether such claims are actually true. The context in which these questions are asked and answered is always changing. The goal of the course is to ask and answer these questions in ways that take account of the rapidly changing context of today’s world.

The overall constructive strategy of the course is for the Instructor to present what might be called the ‘skeleton’ of the ‘doctrinal’ content of Christian theology, and for the Guests to add onto this the ‘flesh and bones’ of its ‘practical’ or ‘lived’ application. In this sense, it is a ‘Team’ effort.

Class Meetings:
This course will consist of eight Saturday meetings from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm which will all be held on Zoom…

September 18, 2021
October 02, 2021
October 16, 2021
October 30, 2021
November 06, 2021
November 20, 2021
December 04, 2021
December 18, 2021

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