Thank you to all who attended!
Below are some photos from the celebration taken by John Schreiner.
 

All Souls Interfaith Gathering and Shelburne Farms host 18th Annual Choral Celebration

September 15th marks the beginning of All Souls Interfaith Gathering’s 18th spiritual season.
Highlighting the partnership between All Souls Interfaith Gathering and Shelburne Farms, the Choral Celebration is hosted in Shelburne Farms’ magnificent, cathedral-like Breeding Barn. All Souls’ lead pastor, Rev. Don Chatfield will be speaking on this year's spiritual theme: ‘Love for All Beings: Compassion in Action’.  We will also hear interfaith prayers from leaders representing Hindu, Jewish, Native American, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim communities and choral offerings by the All Souls Choir and the South County Chorus led by Rufus Patrick. ​ ​Participants are invited to bring items to create a large community altar expressing compassion for all beings.  Items may be retrieved at the end of the celebration.
 
The Choral Celebration begins at 4pm and is free and open to the public.  Shelburne Farms
cheese, Champlain Orchards apples, cider, and donuts will be available.  Donations are gratefully
accepted at the door.  Shelburne Farm’s Breeding Barn is unheated; please dress for the weather.

About All Souls Interfaith Gathering
 

Nestled on a pastoral Vermont hillside overlooking Lake Champlain, All Souls Interfaith Gathering is a non-denominational, interfaith spiritual center whose mission is based on four pillars: Spirituality, Music, Environment and Community. With breathtaking views and awe-inspiring sunsets, All Souls is an inclusive space that inspires connection to the Divine Source and the fostering of inner peace. Founded by Reverend Mary Abele in 1999, All Souls is a seeker's destination, a safe haven for exploring spiritual and human values, and offers a variety of spiritual services, events, classes, and workshops.

Facebook event here.

 

Previous Choral Celebration Highlights

 
2018: Guest Speaker Adam Growald
2017: Interfaith Guest Speakers:
Buddhism, Kelly Story (Lay Priest at the Vermont Zen Center)
Hindu, Shree Pandit Madhusudan Adhikari (Vermont Hindu Temple)
Judaism,
Native American, Chief Don Stevens (Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe)
Protestant, The Rev. Canon David G. Hamilton (All Saints’ Episcopal Church)
Roman Catholic, Father David Cray (Saint Jude Catholic Church)    
Sufi Order - Chishtia (Islam), Asim Zia (Author, Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale Ideology & Knowledge)
2016: Guest speaker Phelan Fretz (Executive Director, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center)
2015: Guest speaker Don Laackman (President of Champlain College)
2014: Guest speaker Matt Kolan (senior lecturer at the University of Vermont)
 
2013: Guest speaker Sam Guarnaccia (composer and guitarist)
 
2012: Guest speaker John Elder (Middlebury College professor emeritus
 
2011: Guest speaker Susan Cooke Kittredge (VPR commentator and pastor of the Charlotte Congregational Church) & Rabbi Joshua Chasan (Rabbi at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue)
 
2010: Guest speaker Amy Seidl (Environmental Program Interim Director at the University of Vermont)