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Meetings 2012-2013

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7-9 pm

Theme: Helping and Respecting Seniors in Family and Society

Turkish Cultural Center of Albany
291 Broadway (Rt. 32), Menands, NY

Our facilitator will lead off with a story about the importance of taking care of parents. Helping and respecting seniors in family and society are values that are an essential part of the fabric of Turkish culture.

The floor will then be opened to others wishing to add their own story.

Come with a story, or come just to listen.

RSVP to Anne Snyder, or Suman Joshi. Feel free to come even if you havenít responded!

Storytellers AND non-storytellers always welcome!

Directions: Take exit 6 off Rt. 787, and make a right onto Broadway. The TCC is on the right side of Broadway (Rt. 32), heading north.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7-9 pm (New date, originally scheduled for Oct. 16)

A Little Moon Tibetan Shop
467 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY

Facilitator: Tashi Palden

Tashi Palden will share a combination of life stories and Buddhist traditional tales. Our open-telling could include tales of compassion, generosity of spirit, awakenings, or a story your listening sparks in you.

All are welcome. Come to tell or listen.

RSVP: Little Moon Tibetan Shop

Questions? Marni Gillard

Feel free to come even if you havenít responded! Storytellers AND listeners always welcome.

Directions: Between LARK ST. and WASHINGTON PK (near El Loco)

Take Exit 6 off I 90 (toward Arbor Hill).

Go straight on Henry Johnson Blvd. into Washington Park.

Take left onto road circling park. Park on that road or Madison Ave.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-9 pm

The Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Community, 1944 Union Street, Schenectady NY

Facilitator: Dr. Paul Uppal

Dr. Paul Uppal will tell stories on the theme of Thanksgiving. The floor will then be open to anyone wishing to add their own story. Come with a personal story, or a wisdom tale. All stories are welcome! Or come and listen!

Dr. Paul Uppal is also kindly offering a tour of the temple and information session, so please come at 6:30, if you can, for this tour.

The temple is located conveniently on Route 7 where Union Street meets Route 7. It is at the corner of Route 7 and St. Davids Lane. If you are Westbound on Route 7, look for the sign for Union Street, please stay in LEFT lane and make a U-turn onto Route 7 EAST. After you make the U-turn, you will be Eastbound on Route 7. After only about one block, you will come to a traffic light,that is St. Davids Lane. Turn right and the temple is on the left side on the corner; the temple is on the corner of Route 7 and St. Davids Lane. If you have any questions, about directions the Templeís number is 518-374-0313.

RSVP to Anne Snyder or Suman Joshi. Feel free to come even if you havenít responded! Storytellers AND non-storytellers always welcome!

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7-9 pm

Latham Community Baptist Church, 109 Forts Ferry Rd., Latham, N.Y.
(Just west of Exit 6 of the Northway)

Facilitator: Ed Bloch

Theme: Finding Peace on the Path of Forgiveness

Join us as facilitator Ed Bloch shares his inspiring personal story of traveling to a village in China to ask for forgiveness for actions taken after World War II. Bring along a story, from your own religious tradition or personal experience, of the peace that can come from forgiveness.

This promises to be an inspiring, prayerful circle. Hope that many of you can join us and bring along a family member or friend. Newcomers and listeners warmly welcomed.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 pm

Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Winter Lights: A Spiritual and Intergenerational Sharing

Stories, Song and Dance from a Variety of Religious Traditions

Stories by Sandy Schuman and Claire Nolan and youth tellers Samijo Buczeksmith and Rishi Reddy.
Music by the Choir of An Nur Islamic School, and the She'koyokh Klezmer Ensemble led by Cantor Rogerio Marx of Temple Israel and Dances of Universal Peace.
Great for families with school age children!

Refreshments served

A Benefit for Children at the Well

Suggested Donation: Individuals: $10; Families: $15 -- or whatever is within your means -- every donation is gratefully received

Monday, Feb. 11: Vegetarian Pot-Luck Supper 6 pm; Story Circle 7pm

Theme: Our Annual Tent of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar Dinner Story Swap

Congregation Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Road, Albany

Facilitators: Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry, Micki Groper and Anne Snyder

Thanks to Micki Groper for securing a wonderful space at Congregation Beth Emeth for our vegetarian pot-luck meal at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite vegetarian snack, entree or dessert to add to the fare.

At 7 p.m. after the good food, we'll quickly clean up, and move to our story circle for tales from our three guests followed by our tales of faith and family. Everyone is welcome to tell from life experience, a story scripture or history. Free admission. Hope to see you there!

This annual ďTent of Abraham, Sarah and HagarĒ program was initiated in 2006 as a way to celebrate the confluence of holy days at that time, and continues as a way to build interfaith bridges.

For additional information, please contact Anne Snyder at 869-5247.

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 7:00 pm

Theme: Stories of Gracious Experiences

Unity Church, 21 King Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 453-3603

Facilitator: Rev. Jim Fuller

The synchronicity, connection and wonder we sometimes experience in life, is not always expected. There may be a lot more going on her than we suspected and itís friendly.

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


  1. Take I-90 East to exit 5 Everett Rd.
  2. Turn south on Everett Rd. towards Central Ave. where Everett Rd. dead ends at Central Ave.
  3. Turn left onto Central.
  4. Turn right onto King Ave, which is across the street from Dunkin Donuts.
  5. Unity Church is one block in from Central.
  6. There is on street parking. There is also limited off street parking at National Business Supply on Bradford St.

For more information: Anne Snyder, (518) 869-5247

Monday, Apr. 16

Theme: Children at the Well: Newer Tellers

Vegetarian Pot-Luck Supper 5:30 pm; Story Circle 7:00 pm

Niskayuna Reformed Church, 3041 Troy Schenectady Rd, Schenectady, New York 12309-1613

In April, the monthly Interfaith Story Circle meeting will be given over to the newer youth tellers from Children at the Well. There's a great bunch this ever!!

A vegetarian pot-luck supper will start at 5:30, with stories at 7. All will take place in the beautiful new community building adjacent to the church. Plenty of parking!

All welcome!

Sunday, Apr. 21, 2 pm

8th Annual Children at the Well Performance

Bulmer Telecommunication Center
Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

The C@W "interns"- who have been in the program for at least 2 years- tell their best stories,followed by light refreshments. All welcome - please come and support these young storytellers!

Many of the tellers for this day are graduating high school seniors.

This year, the event will be co-sponsored by the HVCC Campus Ministry, and the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area.

Donations collected at the event will benefit the Children at the Well Youth Storytellers.


Bulmer Telecommunication Center is Building (1) on the campus map.

Enter by North Road. Bulmer Telecommunication Center is the first building on the right.

Tuesday, May 7, 7-9 pm

Theme: One Light Many Windows: Stories from the Eastern Traditions

Hindu Temple Cultural Center
450 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for our first Eastern Traditions Circle on May 7th. Gauri Mehta will start us off with a story from the Hindu dharma, Shreefal Mehta will tell a Jain tale, Rajni Chawla will narrate from the Sikh tradition and Lama Zopa and Marni Gillard will share Buddhist tales.

If you have a story to share we would love to listen!

Please see and post this flyer, beautifully crafted by Guari. It's a feast for the eyes!

For further information, Contact: Anne (518) 869-5247, Marni (518) 381-9474 or Suman (518) 785-0392.