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Lorraine wrote this article "Story circle helps bridge the gap among religions: Valley View" which was published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Dec. 14, 2017.

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The 12th Annual Peace Concert: An Afternoon of Stories took place on Sunday, April 2, 2017 (postponed due to weather from Feb. 12) at 2 pm in Poughkeepsie. Click here for more details.

11th Annual Peace Concert: An Afternoon of Stories
Originally published in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

On Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 while some folks were getting ready for the Super Bowl, an enthralled and enthusiastic audience filled the main meeting room of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for the 11th Annual Peace Concert: An Afternoon of Stories. “Stories have the power to bring people together,” emcee Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi told the audience. She was right. In a communal act of listening people laughed, gasped and clapped in response to original and traditional tales told by Rabbi Paul Golomb, Kusum Gupta, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Jonathan Heiles, Adah Hetko, Muriel Horowitz, and Karen Pillsworth.

The concert raised $800.00 for The Coming Home Program at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The program welcomes men and women who are home from incarceration. Each week the participants receive a warm meal cooked by other congregations in the Poughkeepsie community and gather with a life skills group where they can share their story. Each participant has a mentor who works with them to set goals.

The Peace Concert is an annual event sponsored by the Story Circle of the Dutchess County Interfaith Council. The Story Circle was founded 11 years ago by local storytellers who believed that sharing stories from our many spiritual traditions, our varied heritage and our own lives would allow us to value our diverse truths and see each other as unique individuals. The story circle meets monthly at various local houses of worship. For more information, please visit

2016 Peace Concert photo - 2016 Peace Concert photo - Jonathan Heiles 2016 Peace Concert photo - Muriel Horowitz 2016 Peace Concert photo - Kusum Gupta 2016 Peace Concert photo - Rabbi Paul Golomb

The story circle meets at a different place of worship every month and is hosted by a specific group within the faith community.

Interfaith Story Circle 2016 Schedule

Wednesday, March 9th, 7 PM
“Stories of Spring Cleaning”
Masjid Al Noor, 125 All Angels Hills Rd. Wappingers Falls

April - TBA

Thursday, May 19th, 7 PM
Stories from the Epics
Hindu Samaj, 3 Brown Rd.Wappingers Falls

Thursday, June 9th, 6 PM
“A Potpourri of Stories”
Mariapolis Luminosa, 200 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park, NY

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