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Events 2018-2019

OUR WELCOME STATEMENT

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.


EVENTS


Wednesday, June 12, 7 – 9 p.m.

Stories of Our Fathers

As Father's Day approaches, we will share stories of our fathers and grandfathers, ancestral, legendary, and folkloric fathers – stories that may be happy or sad, uplifting or troubling, humorous or serious, stories that bring to mind more stories. Listen to our stories and, if you are inclined, share your own.

To launch our evening, our featured teller, Sandy Schuman, will share stories about his father. "My father was a storyteller," he says, "it was his everyday way of communicating important values and ideas. I didn’t realize I took after him until ..." and then he launches into a story. Join us on June 12 to hear how Sandy found out he was a storyteller and shares "Stories of Our Fathers."

Storyteller, musician, and educator, Sandy Schuman tells stories about songs and songwriters, personal adventures, historical sagas, folk tales, and stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition.

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

Temple Israel of Albany
600 New Scotland Road, Albany, NY 12208 (click here for a map).
Parking and entrance in rear

Free and Open to the Public

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

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PREVIOUS EVENTS


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, seidmanaudrey@yahoo.com

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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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Tuesday, 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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Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Stories of Living in Darkness

The Winter Solstice, the shortest sunlit day of the year, the day the sun is farthest from us and the light is most remote, has been celebrated the world over as long as human memory exists. We are reminded on this dark night that the light will return. The stories shared help us live in the darkness until we see the light again.

Karen Pillsworth, Storyteller Laureate for the city of Kingston, has been sharing stories and giving workshops for over 30 years at festivals, conferences, libraries, schools, camps, and historic sites. She is a National Arts Education Fellow and has shared her stories on NPR. Karen’s story-sharing travels have led her to Newfoundland and Australia, however, she knows “there’s no place like home”, loves sharing stories right here in NY and is most pleased to be visiting St. Rose, home to her undergraduate college years.

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

Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary
959 Madison Ave., Albany 12203 (click here for a map)

The Sanctuary is on the campus of College of St. Rose. We have permission to park in the Lima parking lot behind the sanctuary next to the campus quad. Enter by the driveway close to the corner of Madison and Partridge (between 929 and 931 Madison) marked with a parking sign.

Free and Open to the Public

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

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Wednesday, January 23, 6:15 - 9:00 p.m.

The Tent of Abraham - Stories of Appreciating and Caring for Our Earth

Have you ever stopped and found yourself gazing in awe at the beauty of the natural world? Perhaps a stately tree or a blue sky has caught your attention, or you have marveled at how winter holds the hope of spring? There are many stories about nature in our faith traditions, our cultures and our personal lives. Is there one that has touched you in a special way? If so, come share it with us, or just come to listen. Either way, you will be warmly welcomed!

Our annual Tent of Abraham program was initiated in 2006 to celebrate the confluence of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim holy days at that time and continues as a way to build interfaith bridges. Our guest tellers this year will be Zipporah Harris (Jewish), Sabeen Durrani (Muslim) and Bill Roylance (Christian).

6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Vegetarian Pot-Luck Supper
  A list of ingredients is appreciated; our host congregation is nut allergy conscious and requests that no ingredients exposed to or containing nuts be included.

 

7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Story Sharing

Congregation Gates of Heaven
852 Ashmore Avenue, Schenectady, New York 12309 (click here for a map)

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Anne Snyder 518-869-5247.

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Thursday, February 21, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Stories of Healing and Faith

The challenge of addiction has affected almost all of us at one time or another, whether through our own personal experience, or that of a family member or friend.

At our next meeting, Dave and Anita will share their own stories of addiction and describe how their faith and reliance on the power of the group provided them with the strength and support to overcome this illness. Dave has 17 years of sobriety behind him, and describes himself as a teacher/writer/musician/raconteur. Anita has been sober for 27 years, currently works part-time, and helps with the Young Peacemakers Week every summer. Within their chosen families of those in the process of healing, she and Dave join with others in recovery, sharing stories and “taking it one day at a time."

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

Albany Friends Meeting House
727 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 (click here for a map)

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Suman Joshi 518-785-0392.

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Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Youth Circle featuring Children at the Well

Come join the newest members of Children at the Well, debuting the stories they’ve chosen for their first year as interfaith tellers. You’ll hear a variety of tales from their Jewish, Christian, Muslim faith traditions, from their life experiences, and from the wisdom of time. Each of our young people will enter their unique story’s world and draw you, the listeners, in. Your hearts will be touched, perhaps your funny bones tickled, and your listening presence will be a gift in return for each new teller's oral artistry. Visit www.childrenatthewell.org to learn more!

Come to listen; you will be warmly welcomed.

Trinity Presbyterian Church
185 Swaggertown Road, Scotia, NY 12302 (click here for a map)

Swaggertown Road is left off Route 50 as you head north out of Scotia into Glenville. The Church (an A frame) is on the corner of Baldwin Road.

Free and Open to the Public

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

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Thursday, April 11, 7 – 9 p.m.

Stories of Women of Faith

Who are the women who have inspired us in our journeys of faith? Perhaps someone we know, someone from scripture, a stranger whose story touched us? Three members of The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community -- Kim Panaro, Lindy Sanford, and Mary Theresa Streck – will share their stories. For more information on this community, see upperroomicc.org .

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

New Covenant Presbyterian Church
916 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203 (click here for a map).

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Bill Roylance, 518-465-9521.

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Wednesday, May 15, 7 – 9 p.m.

Stories of Mystics

In his book More Together than Alone, poet Mark Nepo's asks: "How do we understand and access the magic of what we know together which no one can know alone? Because of the subtlety of this knowledge across time, every tradition has its mystical way of inquiring about our place in the community of life. Many traditions offer mystical schools of inquiry devoted to embodying our direct connection with life as a whole."

Mystics find distance between themselves and the Divine to be intolerable. Many are poets, such as Rumi who has written:

I am not from east or west
not up from the ground
or out of the ocean
my place is placeless
a trace of the traceless
I belong to the beloved”
                                  - Rumi

Our storytellers: Described as the “disobedient kabbalist,” Heather Mendel is a South African-born mystic, author, artist and consciousness counselor drawn to the call of the mystical where myth and metaphor reside, where we connect deeply to Divinity and divination. A longtime member of IFSC, Suman Joshi says: ”I adore stories. Everyone has a story. Anchored in Hinduism, I embrace mystical magic of every religion to enrich my life.”

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

Hindu Temple Society
450 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211 (click here for a map).

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Suman Joshi, 518-334-6227 or
Audrey Seidman, 518-459-0661

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