Interfaith Story Circle   (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, NY)
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Events 2019-2020


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. 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,

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