Saturday, June 17th, 2017
7:00pm at the Gracie Theatre
$20 per person
A Multifaith Program in word and song presented by Reverend Betty Stookey and Noel Paul Stookey.
A program of readings and music that reflect the diversity and integrity of individual faith while seeking a global spiritual community. Proceeds go towards The Bangor YMCA.
Betty and Noel have been married for over 50 years and have spent 37 of those years living in Blue Hill, Maine where they raised their family.
In her role as chaplain at Northfield Mount Hermon School (1997-2005), Betty became aware of the need for greater spiritual inclusivity among the large and culturally diverse student body. “One Light, Many Candles” had its germination in the interfaith services Betty held monthly, with students of various faiths reading from their holy books accompanied by Noel’s music and music indigenous to other cultures.
The word interfaith was eventually replaced by the word multifaith since it more accurately describes standing strong in one’s own faith, while reaching out a hand of tolerance, understanding and respect to those of other beliefs.
Recognizing love as the common calling to many different faiths, Betty and Noel’s presentation continues to evolve by referencing expressions of the Divine from a myriad of spiritual leaders and from literature of many cultures. The program shifts dynamically from the spoken word to the sung word and back again, with Betty reading and Noel singing.
A note from Diane Dickerson, CEO of The Bangor YMCA: “I attended One Light, Many Candles two years ago, and it is an evening I will cherish forever. I cried, I laughed, felt inspired, touched, and truly enlightened. We are so blessed to have Betty and Noel bring this special evening to Bangor. You don’t want to miss this. It will be a night you won’t forget.”