Whole communities' is focus of upcoming talk

SHELBURNE-The inspiring music of massed choirs, the challenging message of Peter Forbes of the Center for Whole Communities, and a spectacular historic site, will combine with the annual Choral Celebration of All Souls Interfaith Gathering on Sunday, Sept. 20. The choral celebration is at 4 p.m. in the historic Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms.

Forbes, a long-time leader in the American conservation movement, will be the keynote speaker. His talk is entitled "A Prayer for the Future".

In 2002, after 18 years of leading conservation projects for the Trust for Public Land, Forbes founded the Center for Whole Communities to "strengthen movements for social and environmental change by taking on the issues that divide us from one another". He farms with his family in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

Music for the Celebration will be provided by the Essex Children's Choir, In Accord, a community choir in Chittenden County, and the All Souls Interfaith Gathering Choir, There will be a free will collection.

For information about the Choral Celebration and All Souls Interfaith Gathering, call 985-3819.

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