Relationships Across Difference: Conversation Series with Fran Stoddard - "The Human Connection"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM; doors open at 6:00 PM
Event Type: 
Adult Program
Location: All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne
Fee: Free

*This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th, and rescheduled due to weather for Wednesday, April 11th.

Join moderator Fran Stoddard, Vermont PBS producer/host, for a provocative three-part series exploring relationship 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 second conversation will consider “The Human Connection” with Susanne Terry and Lisa Bedinger.


Lisa runs the South Burlington Community Justice Center (SB CJC), which is one of 21 community justice centers in Vermont that provide opportunities to address crime and conflict as a community, through a restorative justice approach. She has a master’s degree in mediation and applied conflict studies. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in teaching classes, support groups, and workshops on identity, culture, and their impact upon relationships and opportunity. This informs her passion for dialogues on diversity issues that aim to repair relationships across lines of difference, and she has extensive experience with designing and facilitating dialogue-based events. She believes that by enabling a variety of voices to be involved in thinking about the important and challenging issues we face, the wisdom and creativity available to address these issues increases.


Susanne Terry is a mediator, facilitator, organizational consultant and trainer working out of Danville, VT. She created the mediation program of Woodbury College and served as its director for eight years. Susan continued to teach in the program as it became a graduate degree granting program and moved to Champlain College. She has worked throughout the United States as well as in Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, Italy and Ghana. Susan and her husband Steve Parker developed an integrated approach to public conflict which grew out of concepts and principles of nature and sustainable land management. Susan is currently involved in a publication project with Rowan and Littlefield publishers.

The series is a collaboration between All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Pierson Library, Shelburne Farms, and Shelburne Museum. Supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, with media sponsorship from RETN, Channel 16.

Registration Details: 

Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Please contact Tre McCarney, Director of Community Programs, at [email protected] with any questions.


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