The Power of STORY...Where Relationships Begin (8:30-10:30 -- bring your own coffee/tea and snacks)
What is the importance of story and storytelling in our lives? Our time together will create its meaning as we share our stories in this facilitated discussion. Take off your mask and bring your authentic self. Each of our lives has had a lot of twists, turns, ups and downs to get to here. That circuitous journey has created stories to tell and equipped us to be more effective in our lives.
Speaker Jim Folks says: "What I have always appreciated about this group is every time we are together, the desire to learn and the spirit and chemistry in the room always reveals something valuable that empowers me to move forward in my journey to fully becoming my authentic self. Hopefully, that is true for you as well. Plan to Zoom in and let’s do that together Friday, October 30, 2020 (FIFTH Friday in October)"
In addition to being the Change SIG’s in-person coffee meister for years, Jim Folks has lived a lifetime of stories. He has run a car wash, a recreation center, been a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver, and went from route driver to VP of a major corporation. He resigned from the corporate world New Year’s Eve 1993, to open Positive Momentum, Inc., a personal development company dedicated to “Providing Pathways to Success.”
In 2005 Jim answered a call to the ministry after running from it for 35 years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary in 2009, served as a local pastor in The United Methodist Church (UMC) from 2005-2019. He retired from the UMC in 2019 and is currently enjoying the privilege of filling the pulpit for other pastors, volunteering, and other pursuits as they present themselves. He and his wife Rose have attended major storytelling festivals for many years, including the last life-giving one.
For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).