Coming up


July 23 :: DoC General Assembly :: FAIL

Join us after worship on Tuesday night in the basement at the Des Moines Social Club for drinks and stories. Hosted by DDH Chicago, DDH Vanderbilt, and Week of Compassion, we’re hearing and telling Fail stories, about times when we got it all wrong, and how it’ll (mostly) be all right.


Past events

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June 24 :: UCC General Synod :: 930

Join us Monday night after worship, off site, for the first ever General Synod NEW CHURCH STORY SLAM. Hosted by Gilead Chicago, the United Church of Christ, and Faith INFO. Come, grab a beverage of your choice, and listen to what’s going on in the UCC from the mouths of the new communities themselves! The Gospel is alive in surprising places, lighting the way forward — and sometimes leading us right off the map of what we know about church:

bar church? farm church? the only queer space in the village? a college campus partnership that WORKS?! Listen, imbibe, and witness alongside those who are on the frontlines of faith outside the institutions we (well, some of us) know best.

With stories from new church by Rebecca Anderson, Al Lopez,Leah Robberts-Mosser, Ryan Hart, Sam Chamelin, Chris Davies, Aaron Wade, and Vince Amlin.

Listen to Ryan’s story here.


May 24, 2019 :: Quest (stories of what we’re after) :: 715 pm

Disciples Divinity House is celebrating 125 years with, among other things, a night of storytelling. Hosted by Rebecca Anderson and Yvonne Gilmore, the night includes music by Hannah Fitch. , 2019


April 28 - May 1, 2019 :: NW Washington Synod

Y’all know who you are (Rostered ELCA Ministers of the NW Washington Synod)! Earshot is so glad to be heading to the Pacific Northwest to explore stories as spiritual formation. We’ll dream together about why and how storytelling matters in congregations (in worship and beyond), generate ideas for our own stories, gather some tools to craft them, and imagine how to help others get at their own stories.


Dec 8, 2018 :: Light & Heat :: 630 pm

The interfaith story slam is BACK. Join friends from Gilead ChicagoMishkan ChicagoLincoln Park Presbyterian Church, Chicago, SVARA, Reboot, and Friendship Presbyterian Church) for delicious food, drink, and stories at the gorgeous Tied House (3257 N Southport).

Party starts at 6:30, candle-lighting (hanukkiot and Advent wreath) and singing at 7:10, stories at 7:45. Tickets are legit selling out, so get yours.

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July 12 - 15, 2018 :: Wild Goose Festival :: Hot Springs, NC

Earshot is going back to North Carolina! (Maybe we're regulars now?) Come find Rebecca:

- telling a story as part of opening worship (Thursday night)
- leading "Build a Story" in the Studio Tent (Friday morning at 10)
- hosting a StorySlam in the Studio (Saturday, 4 - 6 pm). Bring your story!
- hosting a story open mic in the Cafe (midnight on Saturday)


May 16, 2018 :: Interfaith Story Slam (Shavu'ote and Pentecost!) 

Some fantastic partners in faith-based crime (Gilead ChicagoMishkan ChicagoLincoln Park Presbyterian Church, Chicago, SVARA, Reboot, and Friendship Presbyterian Church) are teaming up for another interfaith story slam. (If you missed it when they KILLED IT at Hanukkah and sad.) 

Celebrate Pentecost (a few days early) and/or Shavu'ote, with dairy food for dayz and stories of Revelations (ah-ha moments, not the apocalyptic book of the bible). Wednesday, May 16. Chicago Theater Works (1113 W. Belmont). Doors at 6:15, stories at 7. Get tickets here.

April 26, 2018 :: Arlington Ale House :: 7 pm

First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights (FUMCAH) is doing something new! (Ok, also it's old.) They're telling stories in a pub and you're invited. Thursday, April 26th, some brave souls are stepping out on stage to tell stories of horror, grief, and shit (for real). Stories from the fourth grade, from O'hare, from the Dust Bowl. FUMCAH is hoping this turns into a thing so if you get bitten by the story bug, maybe you'll find yourself on stage. Get free tickets here or just show up at the Ale House on Thursday night. We'll let you in.


Feb 23 - 24, 2018 :: The Inspire Conference

In the Vancouver area? This one might be for you. INSPIRE is an ecumenical gathering for leaders of children, youth, and young adults to connect, rejuvenate, learn, and grow. Find lots more info here!



Feb 8 - 10, 2018 :: St Paul's Lutheran Church :: Saturday evening performance

St Paul's is getting ready for a Lent full of stories with an Earshot weekend intensive. Thursday night, any and all are welcome to an active and interactive workshop where we'll strengthen skills of crafting and telling stories. Throughout Friday and Saturday, storytellers will work to prepare for a public performance on Saturday evening (at 1200 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705). Follow the church website for more details.


Jan 26 - 28, 2018 :: First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette :: Women's Retreat

This year, the women of FPCW are weaving together their stories of faith and life — across generations, across experiences, across difference. On Saturday morning, there's a light breakfast, followed by a morning of storytelling, and wrapping up with a working lunch. Contact Pastor Erin Raska with questions at


Nov 9 - 12, 2017 :: Central Christian Church :: Saturday evening performance

Tell a story about a time when you realized your true nature, when you felt like “I was made for this!” Maybe it’s when you had your kids, or got your favorite job ever, took up a new hobby, or learned a new skill. Maybe you feel it every time you cook dinner or sing with the choir.

We’re telling stories of finding out who you are and what you're capable of.


Oct 5, 2017 :: First Trinity :: 7 pm

The people at First Lutheran Church of the Trinity in Bridgeport have been telling their stories for a long time. This fall, they're doing it in a new way, partnering with Earshot to put on an evening of stories for the community. Save the date!


July 21, 2017 :: St Luke's of Logan Square :: 7:30 pm

Whether gay, straight, bi-, cis, trans, many of us have stories of coming out as something. Like when you told your conservative grandpa that you always vote the Democratic ticket, or the time as a college student when you revealed to your hipster friends that, yes, you were hardcore into D&D. 

We’re hearing and telling stories of coming out, revealing our true identies to friends, family, strangers, and ourselves. This is the last event in a year-long residency with the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance, through a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.


July 15, 2017 :: Wild Goose Festival Story Slam :: 4 pm

Earshot is going back to the Goose! Wild Goose is a gathering for camping, hymn-singing, art, music, justice-making. This year's speakers include Rev William Barber, Rev Nadia Bolz-Weber, and, oh, Earshot's Rebecca Anderson (perhaps in a slightly smaller venue). On Friday morning, July 14, come to a storytelling workshop at the Studio Tent. Then, on Saturday afternoon, put your name in the hat to be one of 10 tellers at the second ever Goose Story Slam.


July 11, 2017 :: General Assembly (Disciples of Christ) StoryHOUR :: 9 pm

At the national General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, Earshot is putting together  Tuesday night after-event. We've got a full docket of amazing folks from around the country: tellers from Disciples Divinity Houses (at Chicago and Vanderbilt), and Week of Compassion. Come hear stories of not backing down, holding firm, and people taking a stand, against systems, bullies, individuals, policies, and behaviors. There may also be a special appearance by the nominee for the next General Minister and President of the denomination, Terri Owens, who just happens to be a great storyteller.


Dec 2, 2016 :: Hinsdale Union Church :: 7 pm

Home is where the heart is.  I'll be home for Christmas — but only in my dreams. (And, of course, you can never really go home again.)  On Friday, December 2nd, at Hinsdale Union Church, we'll be telling and hearing stories of all the ways Christmas stirs up yearnings for home.  

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Nov 20, 2016 :: Glencoe Interfaith Thanksgiving :: 7 pm

Organized by the Glencoe Interfaith Clergy Association, this year's community Thanksgiving celebration will  feature true, 5-minute stories, on the theme of gratitude — one from each congregation. At St. Elisabeth's in Glencoe.

At the back of many books, there’s a long list of “thank you”s — to editors, to family, to friends and early readers, to babysitters who made the writing possible.  Who would make your list of acknowledgements? Come hear stories of gratitude to kick off Thanksgiving week.


Nov 13 - 14, 2016 :: UniPlace :: Sunday evening performance

You know a great story when you hear it — but what makes it work? In this weekend workshop you will be introduced to the craft of storytelling, strengthen your style, and use structure intentionally and creatively for maximum impact. Offer and receive the kind of feedback that makes everyone's stories better.  Come participate in the Saturday morning workshop.  Or just join us on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm as we conclude the weekend with participants going to the mic to share in a relaxing, fun event celebrating our common humanity in a supportive, embracing community.

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Nov 10, 2016 :: Logan Sq Ecumenical Alliance :: 7 pm

Secrets have a way of shaping us, whether we keep them or not.  And usually, we don't. The truth will out.  The uncle who no one talks about (but whose story somehow everyone knows); the grandmother who left when she was only 16; the friendship that came to an abrupt end years ago, but that still stings.

Hosted at St Luke's in Logan Square, we're telling stories of saints and sinners, people who left their mark, for good and ill.