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From the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly to local newspapers and online journals, orality, literacy, storytelling and oral traditions are in the news.

  1. Alabama Baptists 'on cutting edge' with DVD tracts

    Alabama Baptists 'on cutting edge' with DVD tracts

    Alabama Baptists have developed stories on DVDs for use in introducing people to faith in Christ. Realizing that many people prefer video over reading, they developed the DVDs as conversation starters. One DVD contains footage of nine pe ...

  2. Avery Willis remembered for passion and excellence in missions, discipleship

    Avery Willis remembered for passion and excellence in missions, discip ...

    Avery Willis, creator of the MasterLife discipleship series, died July 30 after a seven-month battle with leukemia.

  3. BP-Avery Willis diagnosed with leukemia

    BP-Avery Willis diagnosed with leukemia

    Avery Willis, a former senior vice president of IMB and executive director of the International Orality Network, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

  4. Communicating with 4 Billion Oral Learners

    Communicating with 4 Billion Oral Learners

    Grant Lovejoy, director of Orality Strategies for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, leads a Lausanne III multiplex session Friday afternoon, October 22, 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa.

  5. Do You Hear What I Hear?

    Do You Hear What I Hear?

    Want a glimpse into the Deaf world? Christianity Today published an article in April 2010 that gives great insight into how the Deaf communicate and experience the world around them...

  6. Earthquake-devastated culture fights for survival in China

    Earthquake-devastated culture fights for survival in China

    USA Today reflects on an oral culture, the Qiang, after the recent earthquake in China, killing almost 30,000.

  7. Effective storytelling, a countermeasure against complexity

    Effective storytelling, a countermeasure against complexity

    This video came to our attention by a website called metacool and illustrates how understanding complex items can be made easier through stories.

  8. Extent of Orality, The

    Extent of Orality, The

    Baptists on Mission features an article exploring the challenges in defining orality and measuring the number of oral learners in the world. The article was written by Grant Lovejoy and can be found on page 121 in the linked article.

  9. Innovation in Mission Award

    Innovation in Mission Award

    The International Orality Network, of which IMB (International Mission Board) is a sponsor, received the Mission Exchange’s Innovation in Mission Award Sept. 22 at its Metrics for Missions conference in St. Louis, Mo.

  10. Is Google Making Us Stupid?

    Is Google Making Us Stupid?

    "Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?" So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly..."

  11. Is Indian Storytelling a Dying Art?

    Is Indian Storytelling a Dying Art?

    The increasing availability of satellite television and globalization gradually are replacing the traditional storytelling practices in India.

  12. Jan Chipchase on our mobile phones

    Jan Chipchase on our mobile phones

    Jan Chipchase, researcher for Nokia, discusses how and why people use mobile phones around the world. Chipchase also gives insight into illiterate culture and explains why they are “masters of delegation.”

  13. Karaoke Videos Teach Safe Water Techniques - NPR

    Karaoke Videos Teach Safe Water Techniques - NPR

    NPR reports how karaoke videos are teaching Cambodians how to "avoid unsafe water." Listen as Jon Hamilton explains.

  14. Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? - NY Times

    Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? - NY Times

    Does online reading strengthen web-surfers' literacy skills or undermine them? That question is being hotly debated. Determining the answer may help us understand secondary orality better. This article from the New York Times explores th ...

  15. Lovejoy: It's time to reclaim the story quality of the Bible

    Lovejoy: It's time to reclaim the story quality of the Bible

    Grant says in this article from the Baptist Message, “If the Bible is a story, why is a sermon a list? Let’s reclaim the story quality of the Bible. Stories have an appeal to people who would never listen to a sermon."

  16. Note from ION: Avery Willis, founderof the International Orality Network, remembered

    Note from ION: Avery Willis, founderof the International Orality Netwo ...

    The Leadership Team of International Orality Network is deeply thankful to Shirley Willis, and the Willis family clan to have shared Avery with us and the Church around the world.

  17. Orality and Translation: focusing on images rather than words

    Orality and Translation: focusing on images rather than words

    This article examines "oral interpretation" and "biblical translation" and the natural ability for a story to form images.

  18. Saving the Story (the Film Version)

    Saving the Story (the Film Version)

    The movie world has been fretting for years about the collapse of stardom. Now there are growing fears that another chunk of film architecture is looking wobbly: the story.

  19. Somali soap opera - BBC News

    Somali soap opera - BBC News

    A BBC reporter’s account of working on a program for a radio drama has many lessons for those who want to use radio effectively in predominantly oral cultures.

  20. Song, Dance, Drama Help West Africa Embrace Cultural Change

    Song, Dance, Drama Help West Africa Embrace Cultural Change

    The world's largest humanitarian award, the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Prize, was awarded in 2007 to an aid group, Tostan, that used traditional song, poetry, dance, and drama to educate impoverished Senegalese women...