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.

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

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 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 with subject line: Family Storytelling.

How to Tell a Story


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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.