Interfaith Story Circle

Stories of Our Ancestors and the Land

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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When living in Ghana, West Africa, the elder women of the community incredulously interrogated young Leah, “Is it true that in the United States, the farmer will plant a seed, and they will not dance, or sing, or pray, or pour any offering on the ground, or even say thank you to the earth? Do they know the earth is alive? That our ancestors speak to us from that soil? No wonder you are all sick!”

Soul Fire Farm in Grafton NY was built on the understanding that the earth is alive, that our ancestors are present, and that all beings are our siblings. Our Guest Teller, Leah Penniman, founding co-director of Soul Fire Farm and long-time member of Berith Sholom, uses storytelling to teach the next generation of farmers how to be in right relationship with the earth. Join us to hear the voice of grandmother pine tree, the whisper of soil nematodes, and the breath of our ancestors. You can learn more about Soul Fire Farm and Leah’s book Farming While Black at

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

Congregation Berith Sholom
167 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180

Free and Open to the Public

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

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