Seminar to focus on meanings in sacred stories
Jan. 28, 2013
Dr. Jonathan Young
Dr. Jonathan Young, psychologist and storyteller, will speak at 11:15 a.m. Feb.
7 in Dickson Assembly Room at Turner Hall. He will be discussing how characters
from the scriptures provide guidance for the modern day. The event is open to the
“Sacred stories from the Bible, which include Jesus’ parables, connect us with
dimensions beyond ordinary experience and offer a vision to enlarge our sense of
place and purpose,” said the Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown, Vice President for Spiritual
Life and Church Relations.
Young is an author who specializes in epic stories. He assisted famed mythologist
Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the founding curator of the Joseph Campbell
Archives and Library. He has taught the psychology behind mythology and sacred
storytelling at several universities and is the director of the Center for Story
and Symbol in Santa Barbara, Calif. His books and articles focus on how larger
epic stories can help make sense out of personal stories.
Young’s lecture – “Meaning, Story and Spiritual Formation” – will focus on lessons
learned from the imagery in biblical adventures.
“The keys include trusting our spiritual yearnings and opening to the still small
voice within,” Brown said. “In a spirit of play, we will follow familiar tales
to consider the possibilities of redemption, honoring our callings, and opening
For more information, contact Laura Faulkner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
at (706) 880-8340.