Meet Our Conference Speakers

By: - September 28, 2012

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The next conference speaker we want to introduce to you is Scott McClellan. Scott is an adoptive dad, the editor of, and the director of Echo Conference. His first book, Tell Me a Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative, will be published in March 2013. Scott and his wife Annie are Empowered To Connect Parent Trainers and also serve on Tapestry’s leadership team.

Scott’s session, Story, will explore the power of narrative in the life of your family. Scott took some time to answer a few questions about his session, Story.

Who should attend your session?

Honestly, I believe this session is for everyone, regardless of where they are in terms of their adoption or foster care journey. That’s the thing about story — we’re all caught up in one, whether we know it or not. 

Are there common misconceptions about story?

I think maybe there are two. The first is that many people associate story with fiction, and so they don’t take it seriously. Perhaps they assume that story is make believe or child’s play. Or perhaps they think story is just for artists and dreamers. Obviously, I disagree. 

The other misconception is that story is about wish fulfillment, as though we’re guaranteed any outcome we can imagine. If I decide the story of my life is that I’m going to be a professional basketball player, well, I’m still going to come up short (even though I’m 6’6”). 

Somewhere in the middle — and we’ll talk about this in my session — is the power of narrative in the life of your family.

Is there a resource that you would recommend that has shaped your thinking on story? 

Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles In a Thousand Years, was big for me. I also enjoyed Telling the Truth by Frederick Buechener and The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen on the theological side, while The Whole-Brain Child (Siegel and Bryson) touches on this topic for parents. 


Thanks Scott. If you want to make sure you get a seat in Scott’s session, register today for the free Tapestry Adoption and Foster Care Conference.



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