April Reading List: New Stories Together

Gareth Higgins, author of How Not To Be Afraid, writes, “Anxiety, exhaustion, and dread derive their power from a story. We can take a look at how fears depend on the story we tell about them – and then imagine a new story.”

In our series examining community, Clerestory writers and contributors have traced their ways to self-understanding, belonging, compassion, and contribution. In our work together, we hold storytelling as essential to our inner and outer work. The stories we tell, together, shape who we become together. 

For April reading, we’re suggesting works which help us articulate new stories about who we are, how the collective is evolving, and liberating possibilities for our communities.

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About the author

Sarah James

Sarah James is the founder and director of Clerestory. A graduate of Middlebury and Yale, she identifies as a biracial South Indian-American woman of color and studies contemplative religion at the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Her writing appears elsewhere in Darling, Relevant, The Porch, and others.

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