Robert Béla Wilhelm—October 3-4, 2007

Robert Wilhelm is a theologian, storyteller, teacher, world traveler, and pilgrim. He and his wife, Mary Jo Kelly Wilhelm, are founders of Storyfest Journeys, http://www.storyfest.com, a program that offers travelers opportunity to learn stories and oral tradition in their places of origin ncluding the tales of King Arthur the Holy Grail in England, Celtic spirituality in Ireland, stories of Francis and Claire in Assisi, Italy and Nordic mythology in Iceland. Mr. Wilhelm is also the founder of the School of Sacred Storytelling.

Wilhelm received his Th.D. at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. He was a visiting research scholar in 1972-73 at Cambridge University, England. His M.A. is from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and his B.A. from Seton Hall University in South Orange N.J. He has facilitated numerous seminars in sacred storytelling and narrative theology.

He was the first born of immigrant parents, his father from Hungary, his mother from Czechoslovakia, learning the art of storytelling from his mother.

Host Pr. Mike Blair states, "Mr. Wilhelm's perspective, education, and experiences make him a unique voice to help the community reflect on the vocation of a storyteller. In a world that is increasingly high-tech, highly connected, while lacking a deep sense of communion and a culture that is image and media saturated, yet deficient in imagination and faithfulness,we are in need of voices that integrate scholarship, theology, and public narrative to help communities wrestle with vocational questions of identity and diversity, community building and peacemaking, and faithfulness and ecumenical spirituality."

Schedule:

Wednesday, October 3
10:30 a.m.: Speak in Daily Chapel, CFL
2:20-3:25 p.m.: Afternoon with Postville High School on storytelling as a bridge between cultures
7:00 p.m.: Decorah Public Library, "Fireside Tales for an Autumn Evening"

Thursday, October 4

9:50-10:20 a.m.: Reception before Daily Chapel, Main Lobby of CFL

10:30 a.m.; Chapel on Feast of St. Francis, outdoors on the Bell Green, weather permitting

4:30 p.m.; Stories of Francis and Claire of Assisi, Farwell Hall 8th Floor Lounge, reception to follow

6:00 p.m.: Meet with DIAKONOS students

Classroom visits.