Beecken Center executive director Sheri D. Kling is among the scheduled speakers for the inaugural New Story Festival in Austin, Texas, March 29-31.

Her music-driven presentation, “Imaginal: Dying and Rising in Story and Song,” will weave the ancient myth of the Sumerian goddess Inanna with the scientific story of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly to show how people can emerge from experiences of darkness and loss into light and rebirth.

Other speakers and performers will include Nadia Bolz-Weber, Charles Eisenstein, Brian McLaren, and Over the Rhine.

The festival’s website says it “seeks to lead us into a better story — one that encourages growth and liberation, healing and harmony; a story where the downtrodden are uplifted and everyone is included” because “the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.”

The New Story Festival – Better Stories from New Story Festival on Vimeo.

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