Looking for Male Storyteller


Our upcoming Hearth event is October 30th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. The theme is “Change: True Tales of Transformation.” Unfortunately, we had a storyteller who needed to drop out. We need a male willing to share a story of “change.” If you know someone willing to share a true story, told first person, in 10 minutes or less based on the theme, please email Mark at mark@thehearthcommunity.com.

Volunteer Meeting Tonight!

Our only volunteer meeting until next fall happens tonight (Thursday, October 2nd).  Join us for homemade desserts, wine, and creative planning. We need folks to help us run concessions, set up events, and other small tasks. Come join us at the First Congregational Church (717 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland) from 7 to 8:30pm. See you there.

Upcoming Fall Hearth Events


Here’s the upcoming fall Hearth events:

Change: True Tales of Transformation
October 30, 7:00 to 9:00pm at 1800 E. Main in Ashland (Temple Emek Shalom)
We have a terrific lineup for our fall Hearth event as six local community members share their own true story of transformation. Cost is $5 and proceeds will benefit Rogue Climate. Tellers include Marni Koopman, Catherine Foster, David Young, Glenn Hill, Hannah Sohl, and Eric Hansen.

The Hearth Volunteer Night with Wine and Dessert!
October 2, 7:00 to 8:30pm at 717 Siskiyou Blvd (United Church of Christ) Ashland. Mark Yaconelli will outline our volunteer needs and we’ll make plans for our fall through summer events. This will be our only volunteer meeting of the year! Wine and dessert will be complimentary so come and join your neighbors in helping to support this important community building project! Emal mark@thehearthcommunity.com to RSVP.

Family Storytelling Nights
November 4th and 18th, 7:00 to 8:30pm Location TBA.
Led by Mark Yaconelli, this two-part workshop will help kids and parents learn how to discover, craft, and share stories together. Dessert and refreshments will be available. To sign up email mark@thehearthcommunity.com with subject line: Family Storytelling.

How to Tell a Story


(photo courtesy of Joseph Linaschke at http://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.



Temporarily Insane a Night of Genorosity


Over 320 people showed up to Temple Emek Shalom last Thursday night for our summer Hearth event. Many walked, biked, and carpooled in order to reduce our carbon footprint.  There were homemade cookies, brownies, and congo bars made by eight different volunteers and wine, ice tea, and lemonade provided by the Ashland Co-op (our sponsor for the evening). Over $1500 was collected at the door for Community Works and their crisis helpline. Generous audience members also gave $400 directly in support of The Hearth.

The evening began with a “Ain’t We Crazy” by blues duo Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter. Then Mary Landberg took the stage and told a strange tale of trying to find a man dying of AIDs in a train car, surrounded by bikers. Mary was followed by Steve Scholl who found himself stuck in a demilitarized zone between Canada and the United States with a buick full of 800 books. Kevin Carr shared the Alice-and-Wonderland tale of  living in an abandoned office complex in Santa Monica with Deaf Pete, Dr. White, and the Blue Man. Tedi Tate finally found home after hopping a fence and riding a horse bare back between nude modeling gigs on the outskirts of Los Angeles.  Before our break Ava DeRosier and Kim Starkey performed a powerful vocal and piano duo that left the audience speechless. The second half of the show included Renee Miereanu finding freedom in a men’s maximum security prison, Fred Grewe discovering his frailty in a hospital morgue, and the dynamic Eduardo Placer closed the show with a raucous tale of seeking to live life as a musical. The highlight of the evening may have been when all 320 audience members joined Eduardo in singing “Tomorrow” from Annie

We are so lucky to be in such a gifted, honest, and generous community. Next Hearth event is in October. The theme is “Change” and proceeds will benefit Rogue Climate.