“Growing Up Girl” for December 8th Hearth Gathering!

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Our winter Hearth event will seek to counter some of the misogyny present within the rhetoric of the recent presidential campaign by focusing on the stories of women. Titled “Growing Up Girl,” six local women will share personal stories of growing up female. Proceeds from the event will benefit Stories Alive–an arts-integrated literacy instruction organization in Southern Oregon. Storytellers include Julie Gillis, Teresa Cisneros, Ana Byers, Nancy Linton, and Alicia Hwang. Our December 8th Hearth event will happen from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom(1800 E. Main St.) in Ashland, Oregon. This event is open to all ages. Please bring your sons and daughters!

We Are UCC: Community Shares Stories of Kindness

susan-rochesterThe Hearth produced a special event at Umpqua Community College to help the healing process in Douglas County following the one year anniversary of the shooting at Umpqua Community College. Six local community members shared stories of generosity, kindness, and compassion that took place in the wake of the tragedy. This was the culmination of a one year project directed by Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli that used a variety of story collection strategies to promote healing following the trauma of the shooting. You can read about the live storytelling event here.

The Hearth Pub Sing this Wednesday Night!

pub singingA community that sings together, stays together. This Wednesday (April 1) from 7 to 8:30pm we will hold The Hearth Pub Sing at Louie’s Restaurant and Bar on the Ashland plaza. Veteran recording artist Pat O’Scannell and world famous fiddler Kevin Carr will lead the chorus in a variety of Irish pub songs. This is an all-ages, free event. LOUIE’S WILL DONATE ALL PROFITS FROM THE EVENING TO THE ASHLAND FOOD BANK. So come early, get yourself some chips and a pint and prepare for a harmonious evening of too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral….Ashland style.

The Hearth Pub Sing-A-Long! Thursday, January 29th

pub singingA community that sings together stays together. It’s time for The Hearth Pub Sing! Thursday, January 29th from 7 to 8:30pm at Louie’s Restaurant and Bar off the plaza in downtown Ashand. Led by Hearth regular Wendi Stanek, we’ll chase away the winter blues with some heartfelt folk songs, spirituals, and popular songs. This is an all-ages event and there is no fee.

Tickets Still Available for December 11th Pre-Event Holiday Wine and Dessert Reception

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There are still tickets available for our pre-event, wine and dessert reception for The Hearth Holiday Gathering Thursday, December 11th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland.  Tickets for this special fundraiser are limited. A $50 VIP ticket includes local wines, delicious desserts, live music, and reserved seating for that night’s Best of The Hearth Holiday Gathering (7:30-9:30pm, open to the public) with stories from some of our favorite tellers on the theme “All in the Family.” Tellers include Mary Landberg, Joshua Boettiger, Michael Fitzgerald, Juliet Grable, Lorraine Cook, and Mark Yaconelli. Music by Wendi Stanek and friends. To reserve your tickets email mark@thehearthcommunity.com. This is our once-in-a-year evening in which all ticket proceeds benefit The Hearth.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THE PRE-EVENT RECEPTION you can still attend The Best of The Hearth Holiday Gathering (7:30-9:30, $10 donation) or simply support The Hearth by making a tax-deductible donation. Simply send your check or money order to The Hearth, 400 Morton St., Ashland, Oregon 97520. Thanks friends.

True South Solar to Sponsor Fall Hearth Event

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We are very grateful to Eric Hansen and True South Solar for sponsoring our fall Hearth event on October 30th, from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon. Thanks to True South Solar all proceeds collected at the door for this event will go to Rogue Climate which seeks to bring communities together in Southern Oregon for clean energy and a more stable climate. True South Solar will be present at the October 30th event and will offer a special discount to Hearth participants. Learn more about True South Solar and how you can switch your home or business to clean energy here.

How to Tell a Story

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(photo courtesy of Joseph Linaschke at www.photojoseph.com)

Storytelling is a hot topic for business leaders. Recent TED talks plus a new article by Harvard Business School advocates the use of story for communicating a key message or mission. Of course, in wisdom traditions storytelling is much more than a means for a message. For traditional cultures, stories are multifaceted; they are worlds to be explored, mirrors for self-reflection, maps that can be useful for charting (or measuring) a life. In The Hearth, stories are often experienced as a kind of medicine used to heal loneliness, build community, reduce shame, and inspire generosity.

The Harvard Business School offers its own tips on How To Tell a Great Story. To see The Hearth’s personal storytelling tips go here.