Storytelling and the Spiritual Lives of Children

Date(s) - January 31, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver School of Theology

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Storytelling and the Spiritual Lives of Children

Vancouver School of Theology presents Children and the Church 15th Bi-Annual Ecumenical Event

January 31st, 2015 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Special Guests

Join Haida storyteller, Kung Jaadee, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg (Lakota) as they explore with us the power of storytelling and its unique place in the spiritual lives of our children. A morning storytelling performance and keynote address, and a wide variety of afternoon workshops will stimulate, engage and delight participants.

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9:00 Check-in, coffee and refreshments
9:20 Opening and Welcome
9:40 to 11:30 Storytelling and the Spiritual Lives of Children
11:45 to 12:30 Lunch (provided)
12:45 to 3:30 Afternoon Workshops
3:45 to 4:15 Closing Ceremony


Kung Jaadee

Haida stories tell of a time when the animals were people like us: the people of the air, the people of the water, the four-legged people. Experience the power of storytelling, and be taken on a journey with Raven, Salmon Woman and others. “(Kung Jaddee’s) compelling delivery keeps her audience enraptured with these magical tales…a wonderful show, and perfect for two-leggeds of all ages.”

Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a Haida singer, storyteller, and drummer. She has performed for hundreds of audiences across Canada and parts of the United States for nearly twenty years at festivals, schools, museums, aboriginal celebrations, and conferences. She is originally from Haida Gwaii and has most recently lived in Yellowknife, NWT and Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she served as Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. Kung Jaadee is also a primary school teacher.

Keynote Address

Translating Wisdom – Martin Brokenleg

We are influenced in contemporary times by the culture around us. It is a society not skillful in spiritual language nor learning. How might we use language and activities to teach and educate children so their spirits are fostered and cultivated. If we become skilled in spiritual dynamics we can learn wisdom from any culture and people.

Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg, Lakota, is retired Director for the VST Native Ministries Program, and Vice-President & Co-Founder of Reclaiming Youth International. He is the Superior of the Anglican Benedictine Community of Saint Michael (, holds a doctorate in psychology

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