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Events 2014-2015


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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7-9 pm

Theme: Parables and Other Teaching Tales

Parish Hall Library (brick building to right of Church)
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
1803 Union St. Schenectady, NY 12309

Facilitators: Marni Gillard and Anne Snyder

We hope your summer has been restful and enjoyable. The 2014/2015 year of Interfaith Story Circle begins on September 23rd, and we invite you to join us. The Interfaith Story Circle has a broadened mission statement that we'd like to share with you;

Our Mission:

Promoting understanding, respect and friendship among people of different cultures, ethical traditions and religions by facilitating the sharing of stories.

Come share some stories!

Despite the world's turmoil, we easily connect with others through STORY. Bring a friend or simply come to enjoy. STORIES show us our common values. Who knows what tales will arise in you?

All are welcome to share a parable, fable, or memory about family, school or work which taught you a lesson. Listeners welcome!

~Marni Gillard

Storytellers AND non-storytellers always welcome!

A report about this meeting

Thanks to all who were part of this September's first '14-'15 Interfaith Story Circle on a beautiful autumn night in Schenectady. Thanks to Anne Snyder who co-hosted with me, and to both long time tellers and first-time listeners who created a warm and appreciative gathering.

We hailed from Albany, Berne, Colonie, Latham, Guilderland and of course Schenectady, meeting at St. Kateri Tekakwitha's parish center on Upper Union St. in Niskayuna. Krishna himself, straight from India, arrived with all his super powers in a series of exciting adventures to be born and then to use all his tricks to undermine an evil king bent on his destruction. Happily ever after never felt so good! This amazing tale was tandem-told by young Aditya (13) and Niyanth (6) Kanakasabapathy. Their whole family was clearly steeped in story and they made a wonderful addition to our evening! You might say these brothers "stole the show," but their dad was one fine storyteller too!

Over all we pondered Bible parables about seeds, weeds, good soil, ripe grain, judges and persistent widows.

Aesop treated us to a few fables, and Nancy Payne brought a modern-day fable starring a brave, root-tending tuft of grass! I'm going to hold fast to my roots to be sure I'll be ok wherever I land! Our first-timer listeners were mesmerized by the way story comes alive and a long time teller, Judy Lott, reminding us to keep trusting..... Things work out no matter where you travel.

Other story learnings included be persistent, stay humble, shine your unique light, grow where you're planted, and appreciate the "grass" you've got to chew. One story showed how you never know when you've affected someone till the good you did comes back to you. We saw how an exasperating relative sure can leave you some good stories, and how you might be able to fool a lot of people but once you're surprised or stressed - beware - for your true self will emerge! Lastly Suman reminded us that the MYSTERY of the Divine/Universe is always at hand - but keep your eyes and heart wide open - it doesn't always appear in the form or with the face you expect!

Thanks everyone! Marni


Thursday, Nov. 13, 7-9 pm

Theme: Roses in Winter: Symbols for Our Spiritual Path

Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas, 273 Central Avenue, Albany NY 12206 (at the corner of Central Avenue and North Lake Avenue).

Facilitator: Claire Nolan (518 209 6477 or cbnolou@gmail.com)

Come share some stories!

What are some of the symbols in your faith or spiritual tradition? What are some symbols that resonate with you? Do you have a personal story about symbols your faith or spirituality? What are some traditional symbolic stories that have guided you on your spiritual path?

All are welcome to share a parable, fable, or memory about family, school or work. Listeners welcome! Bring a friend (or two).

We of the Interfaith Story Circle believe that Stories connect us and our common values/

Parking information:
Free parking on Central Avenue and North Lake Avenue; metered parking in parking lot just west of the Shrine Church (25 cents/hour).

Coming by Bicycle?
Bring your bike right on into the Shrine Church!


Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5:45-8 pm

Theme: The U at Albany Interfaith Student Unity Dinner

Sponsored by The Interfaith Center, University at Albany

Held at the U at Albany Campus Center Ballroom (2nd floor of large central podium)
1400 Washington Ave., Albany 12222

NO COST FOR DINNER         Limit 20!

Reservations Required By 11/23. Call Marni Gillard: (518) 381-9474

Khalafalla Osman and Rishi Reddy formerly students from IFSC's Children at the Well will be joined by two more University students, Jordan E. Zavesky and Tal Cohen to begin our evening of stories. After that, they will encourage students and visitors to tell stories at our dinner tables. This should be a most exciting evening of intercultural tales.

The Unity Dinner is held in the Campus Center Ballroom. The Ballroom is located in the Campus Center on the 2nd floor at the top of the stairs. (there is an elevator)

The evening generally opens with a student from each faith tradition present offering a blessing.

Then dinner is served buffet style with food choices representing the religious and cultural groups participating. We always have halal/ kosher /vegetarian options.

Generally, 100-150 students attend. Here are the groups that generally participate:

Hillel (Jewish Student Life)

MSA (Muslim Student Assoc.)

ISO (Indian Student Organization)

Cornerstone (Protestant Campus Ministry)

Newman (Catholic Campus Ministry)

Parking: http://www.albany.edu/pmts/meters_guests_visitors_conference.php

Visitor Lots after 4 PM - pay as you enter $3.00

ON CAMPUS DIRECTIONS

From Washington Avenue Main Entrance Collins Circle:
Make a left onto Perimeter Road at Collins Circle. Follow roadway around and past State Quad Parking Lots. The New Life Sciences Building will be approaching to your right. After passing the new Life Science Building, the driver is to make their right onto Center Drive East. The Campus Center Visitor lot will be located on left. Parking and Mass Transit will be located on the left hand side of the road in a Green and White Building with a silver ramp.

From Washington Avenue I-90 Entrance:
After getting off the exit go straight through the light. After going through the light the driver is going to make their immediate left onto the Perimeter road. Continue on Perimeter Road half way around the campus. Follow roadway around and past Collins Circle and the State Quad Parking Lots. After passing the new Life Science Building, the driver is to make their right onto Center Drive East. The Campus Center Visitor lot will be located on left. Parking and Mass Transit will be located on the left hand side of the road in a Green and White Building with a silver ramp.

From Western Avenue:
After entering onto the campus from Western Avenue the driver is going to bear right onto Perimeter Road. Follow Perimeter Road around and past the University Police Department, which will be located on their right hand side. After passing the University Police Department the driver is going to make their second left onto the Center Drive east. The Campus Center Visitor lot will be located on left. Parking and Mass Transit will be located on the left hand side of the road in a Green and White Building with a silver ramp.


Sunday, Jan. 25, 2 pm

Winter Lights - An inter-generational celebration of stories and music

Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church
943 Palmer Ave., Schenectady NY 12309
(between Upper Union St. & Eastern Parkway)

No admission charged; all donations to benefit the Children at the Well Youth Storytellers for Peace & Understanding.

For more information, please contact Claire at 209-6477 or cbnolou@gmail.com

Winter Lights 2015 flyer
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        Winter Lights 2015 flyer
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Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6-9 pm

The Tent of Abraham Stories of Creation

Open to All

The Islamic Center of the Capital District
21 Lansing Road North, Schenectady NY 12304
Off Central Ave. (Rte. 5), turn at Ethan Allen Furniture Store 370-2664

The Abrahamic family has crystallized mainly into three religious communities -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Our Tent of Abraham series began in 2006 when we celebrated the confluence of our holy days with stories from our faith traditions. Now, in our tenth year of coming together, we will share stories about creation as told in our traditions.

Everyone is invited to share your own stories of Creation, Creativity, Nature or a New Beginning (from scripture, history or life experience.)

Tent of Abraham 2015 flyer
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Program
6:00 7:00 p.m.     Welcome/ Pot-Luck Supper
Please bring a vegetarian dish to share (with a list of ingredients)
7:15 9:00 p.m.     Stories of Creation

All storytellers and listeners are welcome! (desired story length is 10 minutes or under, so that many may share)

This circle will be facilitated by Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry, Micki Groper and Anne Snyder

For additional information, please call Anne Snyder at 869-5247


Friday, Mar. 6, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Theme: Stories that Help us Make Sense of Racial Conflicts

Albany Friends Meeting House, 727 Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12208

Facilitator: Sandy Powell

This is in addition to our later IFSC mid-week meeting. IFSC was asked to help run this story-sharing event. Please come if you can.

Program
6:00 6:30 p.m.     Refreshments
6:30 8:30 p.m.     Stories


Wednesday, Mar. 25, 7-9 pm

Theme: The Colors of India - a night of stories from many diverse Indian traditions

Hindu Temple, 450 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211 (in Loudonville)

After the guest tellers, we will share more tales from India or related to values such as peace, consciousness, interfaith living, or the honoring of diversity within a nation.

From Paula Weiss, Director of Children at the Well Youth Storytellers for Peace and Understanding

Tonight was the "Colors of India" interfaith story circle. It was brilliant- lots of new faces, some dear long-time Story Circle and Children at the Well supporters, too. Gert was there- as Suman said, it brought us pleasure to have her in our midst. The colors sparkled and shimmered, and brought home truths that were instructive, comforting, funny and heartwarming.

So many people told stories- some of them more than once! including Atharv, from Children at the Well. Best. telling. ever. of the coconuts to wish on!

Some startling, deep, original moments tonight. Not to be forgotten.

photo of 3-25-2015 flyer
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      Zipporah sharing a story from the Jewish tradition Atharv, a Children at the Well Youth Teller, with a tale from India Marni, Interfaith Story Circle facilitator, telling her tale
      Zipporah sharing a story from the Jewish tradition Atharv, a Children at the Well Youth Teller,
with a tale from India
Marni, Interfaith Story Circle facilitator,
telling her tale


Thursday, Apr. 23, 7-9 pm

Theme: IFSC Student-Led Story Sharing

Unitarian Universalist Society in Albany, 405 Washington Ave. (across from SUNYA downtown).
Parking in the SUNYA lot across Washington Ave., or on the street.

The Children at the Well will lead us. If time allows, all kinds of tales are welcome.


Sunday, Apr. 26, 2-5 pm

Children at the Well Performance

Unitarian Universalist Society in Albany, 405 Washington Ave. (across from SUNYA downtown).
Parking in the SUNYA lot across Washington Ave., or on the street.

The Children at the Well performance will be followed by vegetarian potluck and casual table-sharing of stories.

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Thursday, May 14, 7-9 pm

Theme: Acquiring Wisdom

Ohav Shalom Synagogue (Multipurpose Room)

Facilitator: Rabbi Dan Ornstein

Rabbi Dan Ornstein will lead an evening on Acquiring Wisdom. Our sharing might include stories of wise folks, learning wisdom in various ways, stumbling upon wisdom at any age.

photo of 5-14-2015 flyer
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Additional events will be announced soon.


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