Guilt, Shame, and Storytelling

September 23, 2021 - September 25, 2021
September 21 and 23 (from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT)
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. PaulMN

Faced with an opportunity to tell an uncomfortable truth, a lot of us feel the need to “clean it up” before sharing. When that happens, we end up creating edited, sanitized versions of our stories that ultimately leave us feeling cut off from our community.

More often than not, guilt and shame are the things keeping us from speaking our whole truth. It’s time to understand how they work, recognize their hold, and overcome their power. We can help.

What You’ll Gain

  • A deeper understanding of the importance of guilt and the destructive nature of shame
  • The ability to recognize and identify shame-based behavior
  • How to craft at least one true, first-person story—connecting it to a relevant audience
  • Listening skills that use the “two stars and a wish” critique model


Learning to tell the truth about ourselves (especially when it’s hard) reinforces the knowledge that we are loved by the Divine—and that nothing can separate us from that love.

Workshop Agenda

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Session 1:

Guilt, Shame, and Storytelling

The idea that “the stories you tell will tell on you,” sets the tone for the first session. With an interactive mix of videos, stories, group discussion, and freewriting exercises, you’ll learn to differentiate guilt and shame and confront their power in your own life.

Session 2:

How to Tell Shameful Stories to Audiences Hungry for Uncomfortable Truths

It’s one thing to talk about, or to encourage, telling uncomfortable truths. However, until you’ve shared something publicly without edits, that work is incomplete. Session two will give you the space and support to put everything you’ve learned into practice.

Meet the Instructor

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Alexus Rhone (affectionately known as “Lex”) is a writer, producer, artistic theologian, and “revolutionary artist” devoted to candidly exploring the power of story through fiction, story-slams, and page-to-stage productions. Passionately committed to “truth-telling,” Lex offers a compelling voice to people looking for authenticity and transparency. With over 20 years of experience working in the private/corporate sector customizing workshops and branded events, as well as coaching creative and true, first-person storytellers for live events, her professional roster includes GANNETT/USA Today Network, Lutheran Hostel, City of Phoenix, and City of Dallas/Office of Arts and Culture. She works with a team of associate producers to coach, curate, and harness the power of stories.

Lex holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Bachelor of Journalism/Public Relations degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

How it Works

Join our host, Alexus Rhone, and an engaged learning cohort of faith leaders live and online!

  • ➔ Participate in two 2 hour webcast sessions

    Join us on September 21 and 23 (from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT) as we learn to harness the power of our own stories.

  • ➔ Discuss your experience within a safe context

    Throughout the course, breakout sessions will allow chances to discuss and apply what you’re learning with people facing the same obstacles (like guilt and shame) as you.

  • ➔ Develop meaningful connections

    When your default may have been to edit or clean up your own shameful stories, learning to do the opposite can be hard. That’s why it’s important to connect with people on the same journey. This course will allow you to build those relationships.


    Get access to the full course for just $75

    • ➔ Two live webcasts (four contact hours)
    • ➔ Recorded replay of the entire course
    • ➔ Experiments and assignments to try in context
    • ➔ A safe space to connect, discuss, and share