Stories have power. They don’t tell us what to think, but they have the power to make us feel. Stories have the power to go straight to a listener's heart to break down walls and stereotypes. Through storytelling we can overcome our differences, lower our defenses, and increase our understanding.
When we hear someone else’s story, we connect with the storyteller not just intellectually but emotionally. We resonate with stories of depth and stories of human connection. While we may not always remember the facts or statistics that flood our daily lives, we all carry stories we will never forget.
The danger in not taking the time to listen to someone else’s story is that we tend to create our own version of “the way the world works” and “they way people are." We can ignore and misrepresent someone’s story and pass judgment. In an unfortunate result, we misperceive (or unintentionally overlook) the needs of others. When we lack understanding, our first steps toward empathy can become missteps. Bearing witness to the stories of others can keep our feet on paths of love and understanding.
LOVE AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments…are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:8-10
May we all find common ground in Christ and in the fulfillment of His law to "love our neighbor as ourselves." What distinguishes us as Christians is our ability to love one another as Christ loves us. We have the mark of Christ’s love on our hearts, and we show the world that we are Christians by the way we love each other.
Our objective is to bring our message to every community. We want to give voice to Latino immigrants through
Undocumented Stories because these stories need to be told and need to be heard.
We believe that the best way to gain exposure is to partner with volunteers from different communities of faith so that they can advocate to host a storytelling event and/or exhibit these stories for their congregations.
Would you consider networking with us to help us reach and educate more people?
We are always in need of volunteers and resources.
If you are interested in joining us by donating your time or resources, we’d love it.
Please contact us.
An educational outreach of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary