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The Healing Power of Stories

September 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Stories create and nourish our communities 

But when we don’t hear each other properly, stories can also rupture and divide us.
Listening deeply and generously to each other’s stories
brings us back together,and heals our communities.
Four of our most respected San Antonio authors will be sharing their wisdom
about the healing that comes through story
(and introduce us to their latest books!)
These past couple of years and months have been challenging for all of us.
Your own stories of wisdom and experiences are essential and precious
to the healing of shared community. Come join in the listening and
then take back this beautiful model of healing into your own community.
AND . . .The official opening of

Story Portal San Antonio 

Find the stories of where we’ve been, who we are, and who we can become.
American Indians of Texas at the San Antonio Missions | Compassionate San Antonio Grassroots |
peaceCENTER at Alamo Colleges | Interfaith Welcome Coalition
Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality, Oblate School of Theology
Narrative Change Project, H.E.B. Foundation | San Antonio Express News | San Antonio Food Bank
SA Story Collaborative, Faith Based Initiative/Compassionate SA, Department of Human Services,
City of San Antonio | Where I Live and Work, San Antonio Report

Fr. David Garcia will be reading from Pandemic Preaching: The Pulpit in a Year Like No Other, published in October, 2021. He is a San Antonio priest of forty-six years, and well-known as rector of the historic San Fernando Cathedral, director of the World Heritage Old Spanish Missions and Senior Advisor to Catholic Relief Services. A Fellow at both Harvard and Notre Dame Universities, he brings a wealth of theology and pastoral experience as well as civic engagement to his preaching. This book is the result of many requests to publish his homilies.

Naomi Shihab Nye will be reading from. The Turtle of Michigan, a novel that follows a young boy named Aref as he travels from Muscat, Oman, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and adjusts to a new life and a new school in the United States.  It was published in March, 2022. She describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent more than 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages.

Simran Jeet Singh will be reading from The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life, which will be released in July, 2022. He is Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Program on Religion & Society. Recognized among TIME Magazine’s sixteen people fighting for a more equal America, he is a Soros Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, Senior Adviser on Equity and Inclusion for YSC Consulting, and a Visiting Professor at Union Seminary.  Simran is a regular contributor to TIME, CNN, and The Washington Post and a monthly columnist for Religion News Service. He lives with his family in New York City, but he’s from San Antonio. 

Mario Marcel Salas will be reading from The Alamo: A Cradle of Lies, Slavery, and White Supremacy, published in April, 2022. He is a retired Assistant Professor of Political Science, having taught Texas Politics, Federal Politics, Political History, the Politics of Mexico, African American Studies, Civil Rights, and International Conflicts. He has served as a City Councilman for the City of San Antonio and was very active in the Civil Rights Movement in SNCC for many years.  2022. He was a 2018 San Antonio Peace Laureate. 

The Twig Book Shop will be on site for those who want to buy copies of these books.



September 11, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Compassionate San Antonio


Whitley Center, Oblate School of Theology
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216 United States
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