About

Sacred Canopy is the online home for Story Guild, Isho and the First Light, and the Sunday Annex. Developed by Tama each of these resources has been road-tested at multiple sites worldwide and across denominational lines. 

Story Guilds work with children and youth to build community, teach performing arts skills and tell the stories of the Hebrew and Christian tradition. 

Isho and the First Light is an original series told in three books by Tama Ward that re-tells the story of Jesus in a mythically imagined way. 

The Sunday Annex is a 5-year Sunday School curriculum project for nurturing spirit and building faith in kids ages 7-12.

Speaker and Storyteller

Sacred Canopy founder and storyteller, Tama Ward, is available to speak at religious and cultural events about the nearly forgotten dimension of sacred story to our social and individual well-being. 

Talks and workshops include: Sacred Story Deficit Disorder, Growing Old With Sacred Stories, Sacred Story as Guide Through Suffering and Loss, Finding and Telling Our Own Sacred Stories

Curriculum Options

Sacred Canopy offers two curriculum options for Sunday School programming, vacation Bible camps, or other children’s and intergenerational programming. 

  • Story Guild Manual provides the basics for starting your own story guild. 
  • The Sunday Annex offers one-off sessions adapting story guild methods for exploring the Christian story.

(Available Fall of 2020) 

Scripts

Tama has been writing story guild scripts for twenty years.  From retellings of old Hebrew narratives – Adam & Eve, Noah & Atia (Noah’s imagined, unnamed, gutsy wife) to the wilderness wanderings (Manna, see image above) to the staging of Christian story – the initiation, miracles, trial, death and  resurrection of Jesus, and the conversion of Paul and other adventures and misadventures of the early church. 

She is currently developing a 12-scripts for a theatrical retelling of Isho and the First Light

Feature Documentary

In the spring of 2014, LA based filmmaker, Holly Becker captured on camera all the ins and outs of a single story guild season – the behind the scenes moments with the cast and crew, interviews getting at what the kids were understanding as the story unfolded and the final production putting to stage the story of Jesus’ embrace of the excluded ones. 

Intertwined with a story guild season Becker’s feature documentary follows the exclusion experiences of two story guild participants – Marcelo Paco as a refugee kid from Mexico, and Ronnie Grigg in his work with addicts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Anticipated film release date, Spring 2021.

 

Come Join Us

The Burrard St. Story Guild runs Friday afternoons (3:45-5:15) as a program of Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace (1825 16th Ave, W.) in Vancouver, BC under the direction of story guild founder, Tama Ward. 

The Burrard St. Story Guild uses the performing arts to tell the story of Isho and the First Light.

For more information contact Tama at tama@canadianmemorial.org or 604-803-1195.