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Events 2019-2020

OUR WELCOME STATEMENT

WELCOME to the Interfaith Story Circle!

Our mission is promoting understanding, respect and friendship among people of diverse cultures, ethical traditions and religions by facilitating the sharing of stories.

We open and close the circle with a prayer or reflection.

The guest storyteller will share some thoughts on the circle’s theme and tell some related stories.

You are then invited to tell a story if you wish. We all enjoy listening, and some of us may be moved to share a personal or a traditional story. Stories bring forth other stories, which greatly enrich our circle when given a voice. So don’t be surprised if you find that you have a story (or two!) to tell.

Don’t be shy; a story given life through telling is often as much a gift for the teller as for those who hear it.

We don't clap, discuss or comment on the stories. We move from story to story, sometimes with a bit of silence in between.

We are glad you have chosen to be with us. Sit back, relax and ready yourself for the pleasure, inspiration and wisdom that can come with the telling of each tale!

We are still making arrangements for this season's prgrams. Below is the information which is currently available.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ruah: Breath, Wind, Spirit

Breath, wind and spirit are around us and within us, and sometimes they manifest in unexplainable ways. How many of us have had an experience of being touched by a loved one who has passed away? This experience can take many forms: a human shape, an animal, a flower, or a cool breeze, or a familiar fragrance. Sometimes we ourselves keep our loved one’s spirit alive by honoring them with treasured rituals and stories of their time among us.

Our Guest Tellers Mary Murphy and Barbara Palumbo are both members of the Roman Catholic Community at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. In addition to telling stories, Mary is a writer who recently edited I Remember: Stories from an Easton Library Memoir Project. She was a coach in the Children at the Well program for nine years. Barbara uses folktales and myths as a way to communicate the commonality of human experiences to audiences ranging from students to seniors.

Come share your stories related to the theme or just come to listen. Either way, you will be warmly welcomed.

Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Chapel
900 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208

(Park in the lot next to the Church and enter from the lot using either the stairs to the entrance marked “Access to Parish Office and Chapel”, or the ground level disability entrance and taking the elevator to M level)

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Gert Johnson, 518-374-0637, grsjohnson@aol.com

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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Stories of Gratitude       New and Old

All faith traditions encourage us to practice gratitude. With the approach of Thanksgiving, we can feel it in the air. Christian Brother David Stendl-Rast tells us that contentedness is an outcome of gratitude. Join us for an evening of gratitude stories, traditional and personal -- we will be grateful for your presence!

Our guest teller is Yaqin Aubert, Director, of the Pir Vilayat Center for Meditation & Retreat at the Abode in New Lebanon. He will launch our evening with a tale of gratitude and humility that dates back more than 700 years and has been passed down to him both orally and in print. Yaqin is a storyteller in the Sufi tradition. He guides individual and small group retreats at the Abode. He is a senior teacher in the Inayati Order, an international spiritual fellowship that takes a universal approach to spiritual development.

Come share your stories related to the theme or just come to listen. Either way, you will be warmly welcomed.

Association of Bosniaks
693 5th Ave., Watervliet, NY 12189

Join us to experience this warm and welcoming community center. Please note that this building is not accessible; negotiating stairs will be required.

Come at 6:45 to tour the mosque and community center.

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Audrey Seidman, 518-459-0661, seidmanaudrey@yahoo.com

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PREVIOUS EVENTS


Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Endings…and Beginnings

All transitions begin with an ending, and end with a new beginning. Each of us has experienced hundreds of such changes in our lifetimes – school to work, marriage, parenting milestones, the loss of loved ones, births of new loved ones, job changes, happy accidents, and more. Our guest teller, Fran Combs Berger, will share several stories about events and connections that have changed her life.

Fran grew up in Northern Oklahoma, dead center in Tornado Alley. Her house was hit by an F-5 tornado when she and her twin were three. Her hometown had a zinc smelter that made it a polluted Superfund site. Coupled with the facts that she is one of eight siblings, and that her Daddy was a “Real Live Cowboy” in the 1930’s, she has windy stories, real western tales and an adventurous, lively way of sharing them. Fran invites all who attend to share your own stories of “Endings…and Beginnings,” wherever they are on life’s spectrum of experiences!

Come share your stories related to the theme or just come to listen. Either way, you will be warmly welcomed.

First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush
1 Gilligan Road (corner of Hays Road), East Greenbush, NY 12061

Plenty of Parking! Enter front door to Fellowship Hall

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Audrey Seidman, 518-459-0661, seidmanaudrey@yahoo.com

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