For most of human history storytelling and scripture did not live on the page. Our stories lived in shared breath. Scripture and sacred stories were oral, relational, and adaptive. Oral storytelling encourages resilience and adaptation to shifting social, political, and ecological conditions. In oral cultures and the historical oral traditions, we see narratives that are intimately connected to their environments and concerned with right relationship to land. What happens when we start writing our stories down so that they no longer evolve? What happens when we shift from breath to text, from direct relationship to land to abstracted ideograph? We explore the ramifications of turning Jesus as an oral storyteller into a disembodied word written on a page. What if oral culture’s cultivation of resilient community and adaptability is exactly what we need in an age of ecological peril?
Myth & Mycelium: An Online Course
Sophie Strand #
Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, & ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022. She is currently researching a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.