This class will explore when and how to use stories in teaching, in homiletics and in counseling/chaplaincy settings: When is it appropriate to use a personal story? How to use a hasidic story, and draw out its message? When is it appropriate to change a story? Can you invent a story? We will also look at the margins of our groups, and discuss the use of stories in working with people who are gay or lesbian, those who have mental illness, those who have experienced racism, bigotry and abuse, and those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. Each student is required to present six stories including a personal story and ones that address the subjects above. The use of song and poetry to augment the message of a story is also explored.