A Discussion Group of the National Storytelling Network

Story Circles
Children at the Well

a symbol of the Southwest Events: The Feast: Stories from the Earth to Feed Your Soul, Tempe, AZ, Oct. 2, 2005

Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Native American storytellers will celebrate the bounty of God’s good earth through traditional tales about “food.” All the great religious traditions remind us to eat with gratitude and enjoy the company of others at table. Regardless of creed, color or culture, we all find ourselves dependent on God’s creation to sustain us.

During October 2005, there is an unusual confluence of sacred moments. The Muslim lunar month of Ramadan and the Jewish lunar month of Tishrei, which includes the High Holy Days and Sukkot, both begin October 3-4. October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who almost alone of all Christian leaders of his generation opposed the “Crusades and studied with Islamic teachers, as well as connecting deeply with all the creatures of the earth. October 2 is Worldwide Communion Sunday and Gandhi’s birthday. In mid-October, there are also important Buddhist and Hindu festivals. This confluence of celebrations invites persons of faith to eat together, walk together, learn together, pray alongside each other, listen to each other, and work together for peace, justice, human rights and the healing of our wounded earth.

Intermission features catered appetizers inspired by Southwest cuisine.

Sponsored by the Arizona Ecumenical Council Earth Care Commission.

Hosted at Community Christian Church, 1701 S. College Ave., Tempe, Arizona

$10 for food and stories.

For more information contact Doug Bland, 480-967-5266

Our storytellers include:

  • Sri Shridharan (Hindu)
  • Ahmad Al-Squeirat (Imam at Tempe Islamic Center)
  • Paull Eppinger (Christian, Director of Arizona Interfaith Movement)
  • Wendy Miller (Jewish)
  • Liz Warren (Celtic)
  • Timothy Jones---(Native American and Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology)
  • Patricia Fills-Trausch (Program Director, WHEAT--a hunger and awareness program)