Seacoast Friday Fireside - 16 April 2021

Seacoast Fireside | “The Spoken Word: Bahá’í Storytelling” with Anne Jennison

Fri 4/16 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm EDT

You are warmly invited to join us at the next monthly Seacoast Fireside, which will take place on Friday, April 16, in the form of a virtual gathering using the Zoom platform. The program will begin at 7:00 PM and end around 8:30 PM.

This month’s program will feature a presentation by Anne Jennison on the theme “The Spoken Word: Bahá’í Storytelling”, followed by discussion. Anne is a New Hampshire-based storyteller, historian, educator, and craftsperson with both European and Abenaki heritage. After earning a master’s degrees in history and storytelling, she taught American History, World History, Cultural Anthropology, Storytelling, and Native American Studies courses for 20 years at both the high-school and college level. She continues to serve as an active public educator through appearances at schools, colleges, powwows, museums, historical societies and libraries, including storytelling performances at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, and other venues throughout New England. She is a co-producer of the annual Dawnland StoryFest, New England’s only Native American Storytelling Festival. 

When invited to address this audience, Anne responded, “The art of traditional storytelling is at the heart of my life’s work, and I’m always honored to have the opportunity to share my love of this art form with an interested audience.” Her presentation will explore the intersection of her beloved art form with another life-long love, her engagement with the Bahá’í Faith. Drawing on the Bahá’í teachings regarding the power and proper use of human utterance, as well as the example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the Faith’s founder, Bahá’u’lláh, who made frequent use of stories in his private conversations and public talks, Anne will demonstrate how the art of traditional oral storytelling can be used to mine the rich vein of stories illustrating the history and principles of the Bahá’í Faith.


A monthly notice sent by email provides information about the topic and presenter for each session, along with the Zoom link. Anyone desiring to obtain more information or to be added to the distribution list for monthly notices may write to seacoast.fireside@gmail.com.To receive the Zoom link for this event, click here:

A Bahá’í “fireside” is an informal gathering of friends and neighbors, usually hosted in a private home, to learn about a variety of topics of general interest that also contribute to a better understanding of some aspect of the Bahá’í Faith and its teachings. All are welcome, and participants are encouraged to spread the word and invite others interested in new ideas and meaningful conversation.

This particular fireside usually takes place in the evening of the third Friday of the month. Prior to the pandemic, it regularly brought 10 to 20 people to the Gregorys’ home in North Hampton, New Hampshire for an evening of fellowship including a buffet supper and a 30–40-minute presentation, followed by discussion. Since April 2020, we have been meeting virtually using the Zoom platform. We expect to continue in that format until it is safe to resume in-person gatherings.

Although the temporary shift to a virtual format has facilitated the participation of guests from other parts of the country and the world, who are most welcome, this recurring event has retained its local focus, aiming to serve primarily residents of the New Hampshire Seacoast and Southern Maine. Every effort is made to ensure that online conversations are infused with the same courtesy and mutual respect that would characterize inter-personal relations in a private home.

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