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After-Dark Story Open Mic

Sat Midnight | Café

Rebecca Anderson & Shawna Bowman

Come to the Cafe, for more true stories, late night edition. No judging, no competition, no theme, just you and a microphone, and 7 minutes to tell a true, first-person story. Maybe you’ve never told a story in public ever, or maybe you’re polishing up something to perform. Maybe you want feedback on an idea, maybe you just want some people to be quiet and listen for a minute (or seven). Use notes, or don’t, make us laugh, or don’t. It’s your 7 minutes. And if we’re lucky, maybe some AcoustaGoose folks will stay and play with us.

Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Rev Rebecca Anderson (church planter, Gilead Chicago; co-pastor, Bethany UCC) is ordained in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has a MDiv from the University of Chicago and a BA in Playwrighting from Hampshire College. A believer in the power of the spoken word, Rebecca’s been on Snap Judgment (radio) and The Broad Experience (podcast). In Chicago, Rebecca has worked with story-telling companies like 2nd Story, The Moth, This Much is True, and Do Not Submit. As Earshot Stories, Rebecca has developed and teaches workshops designed to introduce the craft of storytelling, foster interpersonal connection, and develop the ability of individuals to interpret stories and other texts, including Scripture. ( After a trip to Vancouver, technically speaking, she does this internationally. Outside of work, she’s about potlucks, gardening, weaving, knitting, bicycling (in season), or doing *nothing* on Chicago’s beaches.

278 Gathering The Goose
329 StorySlam
330 Build a Story
331 Midnight Story Open Mic

Shawna Bowman

Studio Tent, Art Integration & Co-Creation, Storytelling
Rev. Shawna Bowman is the Arts Integrator at the Goose and is an artist and pastor doing ministry with the creative and quirky folks at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago and Co-founder of Creation Lab, an Art Collective and working studio space at the intersection of creativity, spirituality, and prophetic imagination. Shawna is also Affiliate Faculty and Associate Director of Field Ed & Experiential Education at McCormick Theological Seminary.
Experiential and Field Education
Creation Lab Co-maker Space and Art Collective
Theological and Liturgical Art-making
Words (Sermons and Liturgy)

191 Community Art Project
365 Open Studio
331 Midnight Story Open Mic
411 This is My Body: A Wild & Holy Late-Night Communion
281 Sending the Goose

Session #331

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