Rosebank Union Church is currently running a ‘What’s Your Story” campaign as part of the nationwide initiative by Heartlines. This campaign seeks to connect people through storytelling, particularly between people of different racial, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The idea is to break down barriers, open minds to accepting people from different backgrounds and promoting communication — the basis of healthy human coexistence.
RUC’s Write On! group has a blog offering people inside and outside the church the opportunity to post stories, opinions and essays. Now, as part of the “What’s Your Story?” campaign, we invite you to share your own–or another’s–story through the medium of the Write On! blog.
I thought writing was my dream. I was wrong. After spending about 5 years writing two novels and a children’s book, sending e mails to hundreds of agents and publishers, giving the books to friends to read, even I had to realize that I was not a writer. At least not a fiction writer.
Sure I can write sermons. At a retreat about 13 years ago Rowan Rogers talked about unopened treasures packed away in boxes right beside us. An image came into my mind of a pair of golden lips and a golden pen. As a result I became a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church where I was inducted in 2006 after two years of studying and practice.
My childrens book, “The Saddest Little Sugar Bowl in the World” was written particularly for children who were somehow “different”. I got a better response for that one but still nobody wanted to publish it. Finally I published 50 copies myself and then went from bookshop to bookshop trying to get somebody to sell them for me. I sold some at work but still have 20 copies left, lying abandoned in a pile.