Storytelling breaks stereotypes about criminals

Father Babychan Arackathara has been working as a chaplain in SA’s prisons for over 20 years. He is an advocate of the the human rights of prisoners and has a remarkable track record of restorative justice, bringing healing to offenders as well as victims and their families. He tells the stories of prisoners in a way that exposes us to new ways of understanding. Read more

Storytelling changes the perception of the foreigner

“Storytelling can bring understanding and healing.” As a foreign national moving to South Africa, Pastor Stephen Mzee has not had the easiest life. But he knows the power of storytelling in shaping perceptions of “the other.” He shared his story with his congregation and saw profound results through the What’s your Story process. Read more

Storytelling can change a young person’s life

“Young people love telling stories about themselves but they don’t like being vulnerable.” Nathan Carolissen is a youth pastor at Every Nation, a Cape Town church that has rolled out What’s your Story. He shares about overcoming issues of identity as a young person, and he reflects on how the storytelling process has impacted the lives of the young people in his youth group. Read more

A lot of people can’t relate to how apartheid affected Coloured people

Growing up under the apartheid regime, René recalls how her own family was almost torn apart because of different skin tones. Read more