Interfaith Story Circle   (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, NY)
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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 circleís 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 donít be surprised if you find that you have a story (or two!) to tell.

Donít 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!

Monday, Sept. 11, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Power of Story to Heal

September 11 is a date seared into the memory of all Americans. The Interfaith Story Circle chooses to launch our 25th anniversary season on this date so as to make it a time for healing, care and comfort.

Our guest teller is Rev. Dr. Harlan Ratmeyer, pastor of the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem and ACPE Supervisor and Chaplain at Albany Medical Center. Throughout his career, Rev. Ratmeyer has applied stories to enthuse, teach and heal. Join us for a session that will demonstrate the nature of the interplay between story and healing hearts and minds.

First Church in Albany
110 North Pearl Street, Albany 12207

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Joe Doolittle

The Maiden Lane parking lot fee is $5.00 per car. If you choose to park in this lot, use the kiosk to purchase a ticket and place it on the car dashboard. We are warned that cars without parking permit tickets will be towed at the owner's expense.

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Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Racial Healing: The Power of Story to Build the Beloved Community

Friends for Racial Healing have found that stories provide an excellent way to bring understanding and insights to the diversity of our community. Sometimes the stories are funny and sometimes they make us cry, they always bring us joy in being together.

Our guest teller is Sandy Powell. She is a member of the Friends for Racial Healing Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Friends for Racial Justice. They use stories as a medium to share, inspire, educate and open space for true understanding about the deeper issues of racism an its impact.

Albany Friends Meeting
727 Madison Avenue, Albany 12208

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Nancy Machold 518-237-0702.

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Thursday, Nov. 16

6:30 p.m. Tour of the synagogue
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Story sharing

The Power of Story to Shift Our Beliefs

Beliefs are hard to change, but one of the best ways to do it is through the stories we hear and the stories that we experience. Stories are one of the most powerful forces in the world. They dictate who we think we are, what we think is right or wrong, whatís safe and whatís dangerous. What are some of the stories that you have heard or experienced that have changed the way you see yourself or the world around you?

Our guest teller Beth Sabo Novik is a teacher of religious school at Temple Sinai in Saratoga, a storyteller, a workshop facilitator, a massage therapist, a hypnotist, an intuitive coach, a speaker, wife and mom, and an outgoing introvert.

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

Congregation Berith Sholom
167 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180

Parking is available in the Russell Sage lot on the corner of Third and Division; enter in the alley off Division St.

Established 150 years ago, Berith Sholom is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in New York State. A tour will be offered at 6:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

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

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