Interfaith Story Circle   (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, NY)
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Events 2018-2019

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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.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Stories of Seeking Truth

True seekers are few, the path is insanely hard, but the rewards are infinite.

So says this month’s guest teller, Ashok Ramasubramanian, whose stories have been featured more than once on the Moth Radio Hour. In everyday life, Ashok is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Union College. Originally from India, he did his undergraduate education at the College of Engineering at Guindy, and his graduate work at the University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth College, with post-doctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also into barefoot running and biking.

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Audrey Seidman, 518-459-0661,

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Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Listening for the Feminine Divine

Have you felt the feminine Divine tap your shoulder? Were you ready for it? How has the experience changed you? Whether we are male or female, sometimes we are called to respond intuitively.

Our guest teller Barbara Chepaitis is author of the acclaimed novels Feeding Christine and These Dreams. Her most recent novel, The Amber, is an example of being called out to get a writing job done. She earned her doctorate in composition and teaches at the College of St. Rose. She is founder of the storytelling trio The Snickering Witches, and a regular host on WAMC's Vox Pop, The Writer's forum. Barbara admits that life as a writer is full of calls to listen to characters, plot shifts and more. Trusting her intuition is a practice. “But at times I have answered calls that surprised even me.”

Regional Synod of Albany
1790 Grand Boulevard, Schenectady, NY 12309

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Marni Gillard: 518-381-9474 or Marni Gillard .

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November 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wisdom Tales for Life’s Journey

Our guest storytelling duo, Frank-Lee Speaking (Frank and Dee Lee Wind), are members of the Capital District Humanist Society. Dee, a professional storyteller for 30 years, has a background in drama, speech and theatre.

Frank became a storyteller in his retirement, after 25 years of telling stories to his peers and to corporate management at conferences. Together, they have an extensive repertoire of solo and tandem traditional folk tales and original stories.

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

Channing Hall, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Gert Johnson 518-374-0637.

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