Stories from around the CT Conference help us to stay current with what the church is doing.  As faithful leaders, we must be grounded in scripture-telling, story-sharing, story-hearing, story-keeping practices of faith. For those who lead, stories can enable us to discern, affirm and reflect upon our perceptions of God’s activity in our individual and common lives.  We hope you’ll find this Stories section a valuable resource. 

The Potter and the Clay: A Metaphor for Faith Formation

A Three Part Series By Ashley Grant and Videography by Jim Altieri

The Faith Formation Leadership Development Team has been reflecting on Faith Formation for a few years at the CT Conference, considering how we can develop leadership within our church communities.  In discerning the potential for this web platform, the metaphor of the potter and the clay emerged alongside conversations on faith formation.  Creating a piece of pottery from first vision to beautiful and useful vessel grasps the scope of our hope for each person in his or her faith formation. 

Faith Formation Leadership Development team member and contributor, Rev. Ashley Grant, traveled to Trevor Youngberg's pottery in Woodbridge, CT to explore the metaphor of the potter and the clay.  Youngberg is the ceramics instructor for Trumbull High school, and also the son of Rev. Stan Youngberg, UCC pastor in the New Haven Association. 

In this video, Trevor takes us through the process of creating a vessel.  Let this video be a meditation on a metaphor for shaping faith. Then consider the metaphor in its many dimensions to help cultivate, encourage and equip you for Christian Formation Leadership.  

This is a three part series with each video at approximately 10 minutes or less.  For each of the three videos in the series, there are brief study guides for exploring more about how faith is shaped, how leaders are formed and how call is discerned.  There are also suggestions of how to use these videos with youth and adults in your local church setting.

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For the Love of Stories

is also a new regular feature of this page that highlights a book, resource, a website or other place where wonderful stories can be found and enjoyed and shared!  Stories have the power to shape us, to form faith and give voice and language to experience.  This feature will point you in the direction of some of the most endearing stories we find for folks of all ages. These resources can be found at the John P Webster Library at First Church West Hartford where the Ruth Dudley Collection resides or your local library.

September 2018- Who Counts? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Westminster John Knox Press, 2017



If you want more information on storytelling, go to this section on the resource page.