Seminar to focus on meanings in sacred stories

Jan. 28, 2013

Dr. Jonathan Young
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 public.

“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 to radiance.”

For more information, contact Laura Faulkner at or by calling at (706) 880-8340.

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