Narratives of Resilience with Bishop Robert Schnase

How we tell the stories of our lives and the life of our church makes all the difference. Bishop Robert Schnase details for us how narrative connects to resilience by sharing personal stories from his time as pastor and his observations as Bishop.

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Bishop Robert Schnase

Bishop of The Río Texas Annual Conference

Robert Schnase currently serves as bishop of the Río Texas Annual Conference. He was assigned to Río Texas in September 2016 after serving twelve years as the bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference. Prior to his election as bishop in 2004, Schnase served for 15 years as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas. The congregation became known for its extensive mission and outreach, reaching younger generations, and bicultural ministry. He also served congregations in Harlingen, Texas and in Great Britain.


Show Notes

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For information about Bishop Schnase and links to all his books, visit http://robertschnase.com

The episode references Life is in the Transitions by Bruce Feiler who points to the work of Marshall Duke at Emory University to describe three categories of family narratives: ascending, descending and oscillating.

Reservoirs of Resilience is inspired by the monograph written by Bishop Janice Huie. Read the full publication here.

"That's Something" music and lyrics by Billy Crockett, © 2016 Spare Room Music, BMI, from the album In Session (with Roscoe Beck), Blue Rock Artists, 2020

"Resilience" music by Billy Crockett, © 2021 Spare Room Music, BMI

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