(Even if you aren't ready to tell a story, come be part of the audience. It's fun. But be aware that some stories may include adult themes and adult language. All potential audience members should use their discretion, especially those who care for young children.)
Due to the announcement of the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Androscoggin County, tonight's Corner is cancelled.
We'll keep you updated with our plans in the next two months. Thanks for your understanding, and stay safe!
March 12, "Losing My Religion"
Adam Tüüri of Bear Bones Beer - Father, partner, friend, Humanist, skeptic, Atheist and obsessive worker.
Ethan Foshay - Writer, beer enthusiast, just trying to make it through life in one piece.
Francis Eanes - Professor of environmental studies at Bates College, lives in Lewiston.
Haddie Lary - 3rd grade teacher in the Lewiston public school district. Lives freely and lives day by day.
Jo Radner - Eager listener, frog watcher, recovering academic
Phyllis Blackstone - Storyteller and retired teacher.
“That's me in the corner,
That's me in the spotlight,
Losing my religion.”
For the next corner, we’re asking you to think of stories having to do with atheism, religion, identity, and ways of life.
Have you ever had a religion? Have you lost it? Or, have you moved on from it? Can you think of any specific moments in your life in which your religious or a-religious sense of self has come into sharp relief? Have you found moral and ethical ways of existing in the world outside of religion?
Religious conflicts are common. You may have had disagreements with authority, religious or otherwise. Has it lead to a loss or gaining of faith--in a God, or Gods? Or in something (or someone) else? If you’ve encountered discrimination because of your beliefs--or if you’ve discriminated against others because of theirs--what was that experience like, and what did it show you about yourself and others?
Have you ever felt a religious type of dysphoria: the sense that certain aspects of your religious identity don’t fit with your sense of yourself as a person? Have you been a “seeker,” trying to choose a faith? What were you after on your quest? What did you find?
Do you feel “religiously” about something that isn’t technically a religion? Are you religious about your creative pursuits, your team, your skincare routine?
Take this theme description as a starting point, but don't let it limit you. We invite stories that invert this theme in creative ways and go in unexpected directions.
No matter what, you have a story, and the rest of us want to hear it. But don't come to give a general speech about it. Come tell us a story. Think of a specific time in which you figured prominently. Reflect on your story. Have the courage to go back to the emotions, and, most importantly, your vivid memory of the events that caused the emotions. Then, craft your story (here are some tips on how), and come to The Corner ready to tell it. We want to hear it.
September 12, 2019 - "The Sting"
October 10, 2019 - "Night Shift"
November 14, 2019 - "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"
December 12, 2019 - "Plus One"
January 9, 2020 - "One-Way Streets"
February 13, 2020- "Wrong Side of the Bed"
March 12, 2020 - "Losing My Religion"
April 9, 2020- Theme TBD
May 14, 2020- Theme TBD