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OUR WELCOME STATEMENT

WELCOME to the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area!

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!


Sunday, Sept. 18, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Interfaith Story Circle and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany present a story performance

Jubilee Year of Mercy Tales from the Heart

Stories of compassion and forgiveness from the Hindu, Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions for interfaith friendship and healing

St. Madeleine Sophie Church
3500 Carman Road, Schenectady, NY 12303

Free and Open to the Public

For further information, please contact Marni Gillard

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A report about this meeting

This is DIVERSITY. This is the JOY of getting along.

(Front row) a Jewish young man who coaches teen interfaith tellers next to a Mohawk-tale-teller who teaches social dances of the Haudenosaunee (People of the Long House), reflecting on stories with a Muslim young woman (who studies fashion design), beside a very progressive Catholic med-tech student sharing understandings with her mother! Our WONDERFUL WORLD.

St. Madeleine Sophie Parish (Guilderland/Schenectady) hosted our interfaith concert of tales about MERCY, thanks to Pope's Francis' Jubilee Year and an invitation from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. WOW.

Marni Gillard

Photo from 9-18-2016 meeting at St. Madeleine Sophie Church


Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
We Are the World

Award-winning author and storyteller Kate Dudding shares her journey of discovery, as well as tales from the Muslim world that will be featured on her next CD. Participants will be invited to share a story, if they wish.

Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. if you would like to join a tour of the Capital District’s newest mosque.

Al-Hadiya Center, Islamic Community Center of Troy and Latham
322 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110

For further information, please contact Audrey Seidman seidmanaudrey@yahoo.com

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Wednesday, November 9, 7 - 9 p.m.
Finding Home: Stories of Immigration

Guest Teller - Linda Feldmann, Project Coordinator for the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County

Blessed Sacrament Church, 609 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206

Contact: Claire Nolan, 518-209-6477 or cbnolou@gmail.com

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Tuesday, December 13, 7 - 9 p.m.
Stories of Light and Wisdom

Guest Teller - Rabbi Dan Ornstein

Congregation Ohav Shalom, 113 New Krumkill Road, Albany, NY 12208

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

Contact: Audrey Seidman, 518-459-0661 or seidmanaudrey@yahoo.com

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Thursday, January 19, 6 – 9 p.m.
Tent of Abraham: Am I My Brother’s or Sister’s Keeper?

Guest Tellers- Amina Mahmood, Sandy Schuman and Anne Snyder

The annual “Tent of Abraham” program was initiated in 2006 as a way to celebrate the confluence holy days at that time, and continues as a way to build interfaith bridges.

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

Islamic Community Center of the Capital District, 21 North Lansing Road, Schenectady, NY 12304

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Vegetarian Pot-Luck Dinner begins with prayer at 6:15.
Storytelling 7:15-9.

Free and Open to the Public

Contact: Anne Snyder, 518-869-5247 or anneveronica50@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, February 7, 7- 9 p.m.
Love Stories from the LGBTQ Community and Friends

Co-Sponsored by the Advocates for Welcoming Congregations

Guest Tellers- Audrey Seidman and Joe Doolittle

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

Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 2291 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY 12084

Contact: Bill Roylance, 518-465-9521 or billy21glen@gmail.com

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Wednesday, March 22, 7 – 9 p.m.
Stories from the Old Country

Irish American Heritage Museum 370 Broadway Albany, NY 12207

Guest Teller: Fran Berger

As many of you know, Jack McEneny, who was to be our guest teller, has suffered a minor stroke. Experienced local storyteller, Fran Berger, has graciously offered to lead us off with some of her favorite stories. Our theme of tales from the old country and/or of being guided by the spirit of our ancestors remains the same.

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

Contact: Claire Nolan, 518-209-6477 or cbnolou@gmail.com

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Wednesday, April 26, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Children at the Well Youth Circle

Guest Tellers: Children at the Well

Pine Hills Branch Library, Albany Public Library, 517 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203

A first-time collaboration with Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE) and Children at the Well brought this group of storytellers age 9 to 13 together with coaches Nancy Marie Payne, Marni Gilland and Irene Farrell. Join us

Contact: Paula Weiss, directorcaw@gmail.com


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Monday, May 15 - 7 – 9 p.m.
Healing the Earth

Guest Teller: Stephanie Fox

Unity Church, 21 King Ave., Albany, NY 12206

Our guest storyteller, Stephanie Marie Fox, is a dancer as well as a storyteller. Her stories move because she draws from her vast experience of 10 years as a dance instructor, storyteller and Iroquois studies educator. She is a docent with the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave and an event volunteer with Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, where she has participated in Mohawk language immersion.

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

Contact: Claire Nolan, 518-209-6477 or cbnolou@gmail.com


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Tuesday June 6, 7:00-9:00

Theme: Stories of Peace

Guest Teller: Bethany Gonyea

Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District, 450 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211

The Lakota Indians say their goodbyes to each other with the phrase “Walk in Beauty.” Walking in beauty means being in harmony and peace with everything around you – recognizing the beauty or connectedness of everything you see and experience. When we walk in beauty during conflict we remain open to wisdom. On this evening we will tell stories of going “back to beauty,” when we were tempted to see a challenge from our smaller individual perspective but then, by some gift of grace we were lifted to a different place and shown the grander more beautiful brushstrokes of a situation.

Guest teller Bethany Gonyea is the founder of the Global Peaceful Cities Project, a collection of research projects around the world designed to determine if organized groups of trained meditators creating a “coherent state” in their bodies and then focusing peaceful intention outwardly can measurably reduce local violence.

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

Contact: Suman Joshi, suman.joshi13@gmail.com, 518-785-0392


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More to come; check back in the summer for news of our fall events!


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