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Wednesday, March 28
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
All Souls Interfaith Gathering

Free & open to the public | Donations gratefully accepted at the door.


Due to inclement weather, this event date, which was originally schedule for March 7, has been changed to March 28, 2018.

Relationships Across Difference:
A Conversation Series with Fran Stoddard
Free & open to the public | Donations gratefully accepted at the door

NEW DATE! Bridging Faiths | March 28 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
All Souls Interfaith Gathering
291 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482

Join moderator Fran Stoddard, Vermont PBS producer/host, for a provocative three-part series exploring relationships across difference. Distinguished guests will discuss difference from diverse perspectives and how engagement with the natural world, each other, and diverse spiritual traditions may bridge the divide. The series is a collaboration between All Souls Interfaith GatheringPierson LibraryShelburne Farms, and Shelburne Museum. Supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, with media sponsorship from RETN Vermont, Channel 16.

The evening’s guests include Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees, creator of Practice for Living/Living Practice, Basu Dhakal and Bidur Dahal, two of the founding directors of the Vermont Hindu Temple and Melissa Ann O’Brien, Pastor of Pawlet Community Church and a hospice chaplain for Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT and NH.

Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees has spent a life at the crossroads where species, cultures, beliefs and the unknown collide and find both dissonance and resonance. As an artist/catalyst, her work focuses on re-orienting to indigenous mind and regenerating an essential relationship with Earth wisdom. She is past recipient of the Lila Wallace International Artist Award and her work has been exhibited and is in collections in the US, Europe and New Zealand. She continues to find passion, renewal and nourishment from all of the Earth’s expressions including humans. She is currently Artist in Residence and a member of the Leadership Team in the Leadership in Sustainability Masters Program/University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources as well as Artist in Residence for the The Vermont Network.

Melissa Ann O’Brien is a writer, photographer, and pastor at the Pawlet Community Church, Pawlet, VT. Melissa Ann writes, “When you are born you are given the key to the world. Your life is limited in possibility only by your own imagination and fears.” The key to which she refers is love. She believes that there is a river, called God, that flows through this world, and the closer you position your life to that river, the more satisfying and rich your life will be.

Basu Dhakal and Bidur Dahal are two of the founding directors of the Vermont Hindu Temple. Both men were born in Bhutan and were forced to flee their homes with their families when the Nepali speaking population was evicted from the Bhutan. They spent nearly two decades in refugee camps before resettling in Vermont. Basu is a nurse at the UVM Medical Center and Bidur is an outreach professional at UVM.